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RCP(1)                  FreeBSD General Commands Manual                 RCP(1)

NAME
     rcp - remote file copy

SYNOPSIS
     rcp [-46p] file1 file2
     rcp [-46pr] file ... directory

DESCRIPTION
     The rcp utility copies files between machines.  Each file or directory
     argument is either a remote file name of the form ``ruser@rhost:path'',
     or a local file name (containing no `:' characters, or a `/' before any
     `:'s).

     The following options are available:

     -4      Use IPv4 addresses only.

     -6      Use IPv6 addresses only.

     -p      Cause rcp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the
             modification times and modes of the source files, ignoring the
             umask(2).  By default, the mode and owner of file2 are preserved
             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 directory.

     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 remotely.

     The rcp utility does not prompt for passwords; it performs remote
     execution via rsh(1), and requires the same authorization.

     The rcp utility handles third party copies, where neither source nor
     target files are on the current machine.

SEE ALSO
     cp(1), ftp(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), hosts.equiv(5)

HISTORY
     The rcp command appeared in 4.2BSD.  The version of rcp described here
     has been reimplemented with Kerberos in 4.3BSD-Reno.

BUGS
     Does not 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.ruser'' when the destination machine is running the 4.2BSD
     version of rcp.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        October 16, 2002        FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE

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