scp, sftp, and special characters in filenames

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Mon Nov 4 14:28:37 AEDT 2019

On Mon, 4 Nov 2019 at 14:07, David Newall <openssh at> wrote:

> [about scp] That's just awful, and I should have
> thought it was not at all necessary.  Am I missing something?

If you're saying that the scp protocol is an unfixable mess then the
openssh team has been agreeing[0] with you for at least a decade and a
half.  We fix what we can, but some parts can't be fixed.

[0] eg

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