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I cant scp, the other server only takes sftp connections.

Currently, I am trying to do

sftp jay@server.name.com:/files> put -r ~/

-i keyname does not work, just resolves with illegal option -- i.

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sftp -o "IdentityFile=keyname" jay@server.name.com

You can use -o to pass any option that's valid in ~/.ssh/config.

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Nailed it. thanks! how do i keep it there normally? –  Jay Oct 5 '12 at 0:00
I don't know what you mean by "keep it there normally". If you mean that you want the IdentityFile option to always automatically be given, check out UtahJarhead's answer about putting it in ~/.ssh/config –  Celada Oct 5 '12 at 1:38

If you are looking to setup sftp on ec2, this article might help

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Sorry, it really didnt. –  Jay Oct 5 '12 at 0:01

Copy your PUBLIC key to the server using traditional means.

On server:

  • Create .ssh if it doesn't exist:
[[ ! -d "${HOME}/.ssh" ]] && mkdir -p "${HOME}/.ssh"
  • Implement the public key:
cat /path/to/public_key.pub >> "${HOME}/.ssh/authorized_keys"
  • Set appropriate permissions. OpenSSH is VERY ANAL about the permissions of the files in question:
chmod go-rwx "${HOME}" "${HOME}/.ssh/authorized_keys"

After that, you should be able to log in from the client using the PRIVATE key. To automate a transfer, you want to use a batch file, which is just a text file containing a list of commands to execute.

echo "put filename.foo /safe/path/filename.foo" >> /tmp/batchfile.txt
sftp -b /tmp/batchfile.txt -oIdentifyFile=/path/to/private_key user@host

Alternatively, feel free to create a ~/.ssh/config file in ssh_config format so you can just type this in the future:

sftp -b /tmp/batchfile.txt host

Sample contents of ~/.ssh/config

Host the_hostname
    User user_name
    IdentityFile /path/to/private_key
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Ill try this on the next batch, the solution above did the trick though. –  Jay Oct 5 '12 at 0:01

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