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I have 2 Linux machines (CentOS), and I want to transfer a file from one of them to a directory on the other. A co-worker suggested using scp. I've looked at the official docs, and tried getting it to work to no avail.

Server names are and; if I am on thing1, and want to SSH into thing2, I just type the following command, and I'm in.


I tried doing the same for SCP, and had no luck. I tried all sorts of variants, but I'm getting nowhere.

scp myfile.txt
scp myfile.txt ssh://

Do you have any advice?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

The scp syntax is host:file, so you want

scp myfile.txt

(If the target path is empty does not start with a /, it will be relative to your home directory.)

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You can also do it completely without sshing into thing1 at all. scp – Rob Feb 3 '12 at 15:25

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