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The term SCP can refer to one of two related things:
- A protocol — basically identical to the BSD rcp protocol, but run over secure shell (SSH) rather than rsh. (compare SSH file transfer protocol, also known as SFTP)
- A command line program to perform secure copying. Whether the SCP tool uses the SCP protocol or the SFTP protocol depends on the version and variant of the tool.
In its basic form the syntax of scp is like the syntax of cp:
scp fileToMove user@host:folder/file
After entering the command the remote host will ask user's password and the copy process starts.
A more comprehensive tool/protocol for transferring files over SSH is SFTP.
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