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I've been given this information (changed to protect the innocent):

Port: 4033
Username: user
Password: $ecrectP#ras3
Protocol: scp

I don't have to have a nice GUI. What's the key to connecting to this server? I understand that SCP will copy files from a source directory to my target directory (both ways). How can I connect via SSH to this server so I can traverse the directories and find the files I need?

the following terminal command just times out:

ssh -p 4033

is it me or the server?

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If the connection just times out, there may be some network problem. For example, some firewall blocks the connection.

Can you ping the server?


In addition, ssh connection may be blocked, and only file copying with scp is allowed.

Does it work if you use scp to copy files?

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received an email just this morning of the server being down. :) –  codeLes Jul 30 '09 at 13:43

Protocol: scp

It's possible that they've enabled only scp, and that ssh remains disabled.

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If you can't get in using ssh, sftp still might be an option. It's not a full shell but at least you can traverse directories, list files and transfer them.

sftp -oPort=4033
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scp -p 4033 file_to_copy
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right... but what about connecting via SSH? –  codeLes Jul 29 '09 at 3:20
Your original command looks correct. You many not have rights to a shell on the server. –  Richard Hoskins Jul 29 '09 at 3:27
if that's the case will I have to do an ssh-keygen? or something like that? –  codeLes Jul 29 '09 at 3:27
If that's the case, you'll have to contact the server's administrators and have them give you access. –  Richard Hoskins Jul 29 '09 at 3:31
aye, thanks for that. –  codeLes Jul 29 '09 at 3:34

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