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

mecp () { scp "$@" ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/; }
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/* .; }

By: braino
2009-06-11 00:43:08

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What Others Think

how about: mecp () { scp $@ ${SSH_CLIENT%% *}:Desktop/; }
rhythmx · 471 weeks and 4 days ago
Awesome! Just the improvement I was looking for :) thanks.
braino · 471 weeks and 3 days ago
cygwin produces this error. cp: cannot create regular file `::ffff:': No such file or directory
thebillywayne · 471 weeks and 3 days ago
Looks like cygwin is giving you back an ipv6 address. I think you need to enclose ipv6 addresses in brackets [ ] . Or, if "who" gives you back an ipv4 addresses, you can try replacing this "${SSH_CLIENT%% *}" with the original (ugly hack) code: `who | grep \`whoami\` | tail -n 1 | awk '{print $5}' | sed 's/\(.*\)./\1/' | sed 's/.\(.*\)/\1/'`
braino · 471 weeks and 3 days ago
(echo ${SSH_CLIENT%% *} | awk -F: '{print$NF}')
catawampus · 471 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/
meph · 470 weeks and 4 days ago
thanks for the tip. All fixed.
braino · 470 weeks and 3 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.
daid · 455 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.
braino · 455 weeks and 3 days ago
Is it possible to automatically attach the username from the originating host?
Dachaz · 331 weeks ago

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