sftp Vs scp

Stuart Henderson stu at spacehopper.org
Fri Jan 25 08:54:06 AEDT 2019

On 2019/01/24 15:38, Ben Lindstrom wrote:
> Christoph Anton Mitterer wrote on 1/24/19 3:23 PM:
> > On Thu, 2019-01-24 at 12:27 -0600, Ben Lindstrom wrote:
> > > I know it isn't a "UI replacement" but it at least provides a more
> > > complete UI for phasing people off of scp.
> > I don't think this is an ideal solution...
> > 
> > OpenSSH should be "overall" secure (that's what it's meant for), and
> > especially not be a collection of tools/algos/etc. of which some(!) are
> > safe to user and others not (with the user having to know which).
> Not sure what your arguing against as your comments below this pretty much
> re-enforce what I'm stating. Which is:
> Scp should die, and we should add "sftp -U [file/path] host" feature as our
> recommended replacement.
> As no amount of work will fix scp completely.  And every other solution
> makes it worse and more complex.

If you do that, users will just leave the old scp binary lying
around so that muscle memory and scripts still work. It wouldn't be a
big surprise if some distributions re-added it in a patchset, even.

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