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Copy a file over SSH without SCP

Terminal - Copy a file over SSH without SCP
cat LOCALFILE | ssh HOST "cat > REMOTEFILE"
2011-02-03 05:29:06
User: eataudio
Functions: cat ssh
0
Copy a file over SSH without SCP

Nice command for when you don't have scp available for whatever reason.

Works with binaries.

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ssh HOST cat < LOCALFILE ">" REMOTEFILE
ssh [email protected] -t ssh [email protected] uuencode -m testfile1.tar - | uudecode > testfile1.tar
2013-01-28 17:06:00
User: djt78
Functions: ssh uudecode uuencode
0

cat didn't seem to work with binaries to well for me, the above command seemed to do the trick.

Opps should be pointed out its going through a "hop" box (which is why I was searching here in first place), only need the last bit (after the -t) if doing it directly from one box to another...

uuencode -m <filename> <filename>
2009-12-22 15:28:59
User: leprasmurf
Functions: uuencode
-4

I have come across multiple situations where I could only get to a server from a very restrictive bounce point which would not allow file transfers. I was able to uuencode a file, copy the output to a text file over putty, and then uudecode the file to transfer it. This works with any kind of file.

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cat overload!

< $localfile ssh $remote_host "cat > $remotefile"

(and what's with the capitalization? :-)

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