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I use putty on Vista to connect to remote UNIX shell. But I want to copy files from that remote server to my local Vista system. How to do that??

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WinSCP should do the trick. You're not going to be able to do it form putty.

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Use PSCP; PuTTY Secure Copy. If you can connect via SSH there is PuTTY and then 99 times out of 100 if you can SSH you can also SCP(Secure Copy).

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If you're using PuTTY and connecting via SSH check if you have pscp installed with PuTTY (or download it from the PuTTY site). Then you can just do:

pscp user@host:/path/to/file .

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I know it's been a while since this was asked, but I just happened to pull this off fairly easily with a couple utilities without an extra SCP/SFTP session.

  • Set up port forwarding in your SSH session for some remote port portA to forward to some local port portB.
  • Run netcat (or an equivalent such as ncat) on your local machine, making it listen to portB and output to a file:

    nc -l -p portB > output_file
  • Run netcat (or, again, an equivalent such as ncat) on the remote host, piping in data however you wish to localhost:portA.

    nc localhost portA -q 1 < my_file
    # or maybe, say, mysqldump --xml ... ... | nc localhost portA -q 1
  • The netcats will both exit when the file has been completely received.

You can of course add a gzip or a pv inbetween. Do remember the connection only accepts one file at a time -- creative use of tar might help.

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Cygwin + scp/ftp?

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PuTTY comes with a program called PSFTP, which is the PuTTY equivalent of SFTP. This is superior to any of the scp-based solutions.

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