scp logging

Crosland, Jerel Jerel.Crosland at
Tue May 9 10:52:44 EST 2006

The ability to log even just the names of the files being transferred, and possibly their sizes, has been a requested feature since early 2000 (over six years!!) and I've yet to see any of the developers on this list respond directly. I've found a patch from Václav Tomec here: but it includes lots of other stuff (SecureID implementation and a tweak for being able to select allow/deny users for each kind of authentication) which I don't need and don't want to "support". 

Every file manipulation utility available for the Unix/Linux world provides the ability to log what it is doing, except for scp and sftp. This is crazy!! It displays the "progress meter" as long as the output is directed to a screen, but if you redirect stdout to a file, it disables all output, except errors! Is there really only about 10 of us in the entire world that want to use scp in a script, and want a log of what it did? I find that hard to believe!!! Is this planned as a feature in some future release, or is it just being ignored? It's insane that there's no way to log the output! You can't use -o LOGLEVEL=something and if you use -v or the debug logging level, tons of stuff spews out, but not one single line that contains the file name, it's size, and an indication of the status of the transfer.

Am I just nuts for expecting this?

Jerel Crosland
Technical Specialist
21st Century Insurance

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