scp does a local copy when ommiting :

Damien Miller djm at
Wed Sep 1 08:05:00 EST 2004

Christian Gut wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.

This would be a major change to scp's argument parsing - something we
don't want to do. I'm sure that there are scripts out there that depend
on this behaviour (which derives from 20+ year old rcp).


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