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Easily scp a file back to the host you're connecting from

Terminal - Easily scp a file back to the host you're connecting from
mecp () { scp "$@" ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/; }
2009-06-11 00:43:08
User: braino
Functions: scp
Easily scp a file back to the host you're connecting from

Place in .bashrc and invoke like this: "mecp /path/to/file", and it will copy the specified file(s) back to the desktop of the host you're ssh'ing in from. To easily upload a file from the host you're ssh'ing in from use this:

ucp (){ scp ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/upload/* .; }


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how about:

mecp () { scp $@ ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/; }
Comment by rhythmx 306 weeks and 4 days ago

Awesome! Just the improvement I was looking for :) thanks.

Comment by braino 306 weeks and 4 days ago

cygwin produces this error.

cp: cannot create regular file `::ffff:': No such file or directory

Comment by thebillywayne 306 weeks and 3 days ago

Looks like cygwin is giving you back an ipv6 address. I think you need to enclose ipv6 addresses in brackets [ ] . Or, if "who" gives you back an ipv4 addresses, you can try replacing this "${SSH_CLIENT%% *}" with the original (ugly hack) code:

`who | grep \`whoami\` | tail -n 1 | awk '{print $5}' | sed 's/\(.*\)./\1/' | sed 's/.\(.*\)/\1/'`

Comment by braino 306 weeks and 3 days ago
(echo ${SSH_CLIENT%% *} | awk -F: '{print$NF}')
Comment by catawampus 306 weeks and 1 day ago

Very useful :) I have both a pull and a push script on half a dozen machines now.

But you need to put the $@ in double quotes or you won't be able to copy files with spaces in their name

scp "$@" ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/

Comment by meph 305 weeks and 4 days ago

thanks for the tip. All fixed.

Comment by braino 305 weeks and 4 days ago

I didn't find this exact syntax to work on my system. Specifically, if I echo $SSH_CLIENT I get three numbers. The first is the IP, the second perhaps the PID, and the third maybe is the port. So I do something like:

SSH_CLIENT_IP="`echo $SSH_CLIENT | awk '{print $1}'`"

mecp () { args=("$@");

scp -P "${args[1]}" "${args[0]}" ${SSH_CLIENT_IP}:downloads/; }

ucp (){ args=("$@");

scp -P "${args[1]}" ${SSH_CLIENT_IP}:downloads/${args[0]} . ; }

Since I also don't default to port 22, then I can say mecp file port, or just hardcode my port of choice.

Comment by daid 290 weeks and 4 days ago

@daid: In order to see the IP you're logged in from, you need:

echo ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}

That uses bash shell expansion pattern matching (%%) to remove the longest matching pattern from the end of what is returned from $SSH_CLIENT. The " *"

will match a space with anything after it.

Comment by braino 290 weeks and 3 days ago

Is it possible to automatically attach the username from the originating host?

Comment by Dachaz 166 weeks ago

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