.ssh/: Is a directory

Dan Kaminsky dan at doxpara.com
Thu Jan 1 15:20:48 EST 2004

Try adding -r (or -rf) to scp.  I'm unclear on why scp should be making 
a directory at all, considering you're not copying the directory but the 
files inside.

You could just use tar:

ssh user at host tar czvf - .ssh/a* | tar xzvf -


Zeffie wrote:

>I'm depending on scp to create the .ssh directory (which is does) but it
>can't use the directory it just created in the current session thus the
>"error" message.  I would like to run the command just once if possible :)
>Is it possible I could get a patch if this is changed?
>[root /root]# ls -la
>total 84
>drwxr-x---    9 root     root         4096 Dec 17 19:18 .
>drwxr-xr-x   16 root     root         4096 May 15  2002 ..
>-rw-------    1 root     root        23828 Dec 29 07:50 .bash_history
>[root /root]# scp www.zeffie.com:/root/.ssh/a* .ssh/
>The authenticity of host 'www.zeffie.com (207.blablabla)' can't be
>RSA key fingerprint is
>Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
>Warning: Permanently added 'www.zeffie.com,207.blablabla' (RSA) to the list
>of known hosts.
>root at www.zeffie.com's password:
>.ssh/: Is a directory
>[root /root]# scp www.zeffie.com:/root/.ssh/a* .ssh/
>root at www.zeffie.com's password:
>100% 1061     0.0KB/s   00:00
>[root /root]# rpm -qa | grep ssh
>[root /root]#
>kernel-2.4.19C10_V-1 (it's a cobalt raq550)
>Cobalt RaQ System Administration, Maintenance and Repairs.
>http://www.zeffie.com/how_to_contact_zeffie.html 734.454.9117
>http://www.zeffie.com/ Home of the Worlds Largest Collection of RaQ rpms
>Advanced Cobalt Security, Firewall, Snort, AntiSpam, AntiVirus, etc. GUI's
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