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RCP(1) OpenBSD Reference Manual RCP(1)
rcp - remote file copy
rcp [-Kpx] [-k realm] file1 file2
rcp [-Kprx] [-k realm] file ... directory
The rcp utility copies files between machines. Each file or directory
argument is either a remote file name of the form ``rname@rhost:path'',
or a local file name (containing no `:' characters, or a `/' before any
The options are as follows:
-K Turns off all Kerberos authentication.
Requests rcp to obtain tickets for the remote host in realm realm
instead of the remote host's realm as determined by
-p Causes rcp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the
modification times and modes of the source files, ignoring the
umask. By default, the mode and owner of file2 are preserved if it
already existed; otherwise the mode of the source file modified by
the umask(2) on the destination host is used.
-r If any of the source files are directories, rcp copies each subtree
rooted at that name; in this case the destination must be a direc-
-x Turns on DES encryption for all data passed by rcp. This may impact
response time and CPU utilization, but provides increased security.
If path is not a full path name, it is interpreted relative to the login
directory of the specified user ruser on rhost, or your current user name
if no other remote user name is specified. A path on a remote host may
be quoted (using \, ", or ') so that the metacharacters are interpreted
rcp does not prompt for passwords; it performs remote execution via
rsh(1), and requires the same authorization.
rcp handles third party copies, where neither source nor target files are
on the current machine.
cp(1), ftp(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1)
The rcp utility appeared in 4.2BSD. The version of rcp described here has
been reimplemented with Kerberos in 4.3BSD-Reno.
Doesn't detect all cases where the target of a copy might be a file in
cases where only a directory should be legal.
Is confused by any output generated by commands in a .login, .profile, or
.cshrc file on the remote host.
The destination user and hostname may have to be specified as
``rhost.rname'' when the destination machine is running the 4.2BSD ver-
sion of rcp.
OpenBSD 2.6 May 31, 1993 1
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
FreeBSD Sources for rcp(1)
OpenBSD sources for rcp(1)
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