scp does a local copy when ommiting :

Christian Gut cycloon at
Wed Sep 1 04:14:44 EST 2004


I run into this quiet often:

If you forget to add the : after the hostname you want to copy a file
to, then scp does a simple local copy. This is quiet confusing if you
dont notice it:

"scp foo.txt" (copies the file to remote homedir)
"scp foo.txt" (creates the new file

I don't know if this behaviour is intended or even needed, but if not I
would be glad if this could be fixed to prevent some mistakes.


Christian Gut
Christian Gut <cycloon at>
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