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I'm on mac osx getting a file from a remote server. I run the following command:

scp remoteusername@remotehostip:/home/username/file.tar ./Users/localusername/Documents/specialdir

I get the response

scp: /home/username/file.tar: no such file or directory

However when I ssh into the remote host and run

cd /home/username

file.tar is displayed. I have full read/write permissions for the directory/files. This is run in a new terminal (ie I am not already logged in via ssh to the remote host) What am I doing wrong?


I worked around it using the * wildcard..although I'm still not sure what the root issue is/was.

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You point that you use remoteusername to connect and then trying to get file from directory /home/username. Is it the same user or different users? –  Serge Oct 16 '12 at 20:32
Are you logging in as the same user that you're SCPing with? –  Paul Calabro Oct 16 '12 at 20:35
@Serge yes it's the same user. –  KDEx Oct 16 '12 at 20:35
did you try this: scp remoteusername@remotehostip:file.tar ./Users/localusername/Documents/specialdir ? –  Serge Oct 16 '12 at 20:40
@Serge I did and I get the same error message –  KDEx Oct 16 '12 at 20:43
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