[Bug 1768] New: scp: wrong error message when destination directory ends with a slash and is missing

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           Summary: scp: wrong error message when destination directory
                    ends with a slash and is missing
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: -current
          Platform: All
               URL: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/18757
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: scp
        AssignedTo: unassigned-bugs at mindrot.org
        ReportedBy: cjwatson at debian.org

Created attachment 1846
  --> https://bugzilla.mindrot.org/attachment.cgi?id=1846
set targetshouldbedirectory if there are two file arguments and argv[1]
ends with a slash

Sami Haahtinen reported the following bug as

  It appears that scp gets confused if one tries to copy a file in to a
missing directory:

  % pwd
  % touch foo
  % ls
  % scp foo localhost:/tmp/test/not-a-dir/
  user at localhost's password:
  scp: /tmp/test/not-a-dir/: Is a directory
  % scp foo localhost:/tmp/test/not-a-dir
  user at localhost's password:
  foo 100% 0 0.0KB/s 00:00
  % ls
  foo not-a-dir

  above, the error in question should be "Directory does not exist"
instead of "Is a directory"

This seems quite straightforward to fix without causing any
compatibility problems: the scp client already passes -d to the server
side if it knows that the target should be a directory because there
are more than two file arguments, so it could test for a trailing slash
in the same way.  Patch attached.

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