Linux and Unix rcp commandQuick links
Copies files from one computer to another computer.
Note: RCP is not a secure or encrypted method of transferring files.
rcp [-p] [-r] filename ... directory
|-p||Attempt to give each copy the same modification times, access times, modes, and ACLs if applicable as the original file.|
|-r||Copy each subtree rooted at filename; in this case the destination must be a directory.|
|filename||Name of the file|
|directory||Name of the directory|
rcp /mydirectory/myfile hope:otherdir/myfile
This command would copy the file myfile from mydirectory directory into the hope user account directory of otherdir as the name of the file myfile.
rcp is meant to copy between different hosts; attempting to rcp a file onto itself, as with:
rcp tmp/file myhost:/tmp/file
results in a severely corrupted file.
rcp may not correctly fail when the target of a copy is a file instead of a directory.
rcp can become confused by output generated by commands in a $HOME/.profile on the remote host.
rcp requires that the source host have permission to execute commands on the remote host when doing third-party copies.
If you forget to quote metacharacters intended for the remote host, you will get an incomprehensible error message.
rcp will fail if you copy ACLs to a file system that does not support ACLs.