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rcp -- remote file copy
rcp [-46p] file1 file2
rcp [-46pr] file ... directory
rcp copies files between machines. Each file or directory argument is
either a remote file name of the form ``rname@rhost:path'', or a local
file name (containing no `:' (colon) characters, or a `/' (slash) before
any `:' (colon) characters).
The rhost can be an IPv4 or an IPv6 address string. Since IPv6 addresses
already contain `:' (colon) characters, an IPv6 address string must be
enclosed between `[' (left square bracket) and `]' (right square bracket)
characters. Otherwise, the first occurrence of a `:' (colon) character
would be interpreted as the separator between the rhost and the path.
-4 Use IPv4 addresses only.
-6 Use IPv6 addresses only.
-p The -p option causes rcp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its
copies the modification times and modes of the source files, ignor-
ing the umask. By default, the mode and owner of file2 are pre-
served if it already existed; otherwise the mode of the source file
modified by the umask(2) on the destination host is used.
-r If any of the source files are directories, rcp copies each subtree
rooted at that name; in this case the destination must be a direc-
If path is not a full path name, it is interpreted relative to the login
directory of the specified user ruser on rhost, or your current user name
if no other remote user name is specified. A path on a remote host may
be quoted (using \, ", or ´) so that the metacharacters are interpreted
rcp does not prompt for passwords; it performs remote execution via
rsh(1), and requires the same authorization.
rcp handles third party copies, where neither source nor target files are
on the current machine.
cp(1), ftp(1), rcmd(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), rcmd(3), hosts.equiv(5),
The rcp utility appeared in 4.2BSD. The version of rcp described here
has been reimplemented with Kerberos in 4.3BSD-Reno.
Doesn't detect all cases where the target of a copy might be a file in
cases where only a directory should be legal.
Is confused by any output generated by commands in a .login, .profile, or
.cshrc file on the remote host.
The destination user and hostname may have to be specified as
``rhost.rname'' when the destination machine is running the 4.2BSD ver-
sion of rcp.
NetBSD 9.99 March 8, 2005 NetBSD 9.99