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I can copy a file to a remote Linux machine with no problem with

scp file user@host: /pathtowrite_file

However, I'm having difficulty writing to a file from one linux machine to another. Here is what I attempted:

echo 'Some Text' > /remotefile.txt | ssh user@remotehost

The notice that I get is

stdin: is not a tty

At any rate, the file on the remote machine does not reflect the text sent 'Some Text'.

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You can use the "cat" command to create the remote file.

echo 'Some Text' | ssh user@remotehost "cat > /remotefile.txt"
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but, I want to write to the existing file on the remote machine. –  suffa Mar 14 '12 at 17:36
the "cat > /remotefile.txt" runs on the remote machine and if you want to append to a existing file you replace ">" by ">>" –  Aragorn Mar 14 '12 at 17:42
@suffa: Are you trying to append to an existing file? Or do you want to overwrite the file but fail if it doesn't already exist? Or what? –  David Schwartz Mar 14 '12 at 17:52
@ David Schwartz - either. I would like to overwrite, and fail if it doesn't exit ... but, I would take just appending at this point. –  suffa Mar 14 '12 at 19:06
` echo 'Some Text'|ssh user@remotehost "tee -a /remotefile.txt"` worked for me as well. –  Simply Seth Oct 13 '14 at 20:20

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