file name handling "bug" in scp?

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Wed Jul 27 22:01:12 EST 2005

stdout azi wrote:
> OK, let me mention my issue  :-)
> $scp foo.pdf azi at LALALALA
> cp : cannot stat `azi at': No such file or directory

When scp is not given a hostname it falls back to behaving like cp and a 
3-arg cp works like that (although gnu cp checks that the destination is 
a directory):

$ echo foo >a
$ mkdir b
$ cp a foo at bar b
cp: cannot stat `foo at bar': No such file or directory
$ cat b/a

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