I have a folder in ~/apps/ and another one in the root /apps/

I want to ssh to them

ssh user@abc.com:~/apps/


ssh user@abc.com:/apps/ 

I got the following error:

Could not resolve hostname

What did I do wrong?

  • you found a solution? – dnl Feb 24 '11 at 13:35
  • @dnl I haven't found out yet, I want to use git to push my local repo to the remote site, but I need to ssh to a path – mko Feb 24 '11 at 15:05
  • than I suggest you should ask simple the question how to do this :) you might find your answer here: book.git-scm.com/3_distributed_workflows.html – dnl Feb 24 '11 at 15:10
ssh user@server -t "cd /some/directory; bash --login"
  • -t keeps up the connection if there is user interaction)
  • the "command" is in quotes
  • bash --login is required to keep up the connection after the cd (see -t)
  • see comments underneath questions for more information – dnl Feb 24 '11 at 15:43
  • Its worked 100% for me. ;) – user1635700 Mar 8 '18 at 6:43

I think you are mixing scp and ssh

For ssh you do not need to specify the destination path. You just log in as user@host.com and you land into the user's home folder.


SSH expects the following syntax:

ssh [other_options] [user@]hostname [command]

so when you typed:

ssh user@abc.com:~/apps/

SSH understood that you want to connect to a host named "abc.com:~/apps/" with a user "user". Since that host does not exist, you receive the error you quoted.

You will have to break your command into two like this:

ssh user@abc.com
(type the password, and wait for ssh to log you in)
cd ~/apps/

Edit: You can always ssh as user@abc.com and then just navigate to the desired folder using cd folderName

Ozair Kafray explained it better


Below let me to login & go to a directory in one line, on ubuntu:

ssh user@abc.com -t "cd /path/to/your/directory/; `echo $SHELL --login`"

OR just

ssh user@abc.com -t "cd /path/to/your/directory/; bash --login"

Best of luck

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