RCP(1) BSD General Commands Manual RCP(1)
rcp -- remote file copy
rcp [-px] file1 file2
rcp [-px] [-r] 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 `:' characters,
or a `/' before any `:'s).
-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.
-p The -p option causes rcp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the modifi-
cation times and modes of the source files, ignoring the umask. 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.
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 metacharac-
ters are interpreted remotely.
Rcp does not prompt for passwords; it performs remote execution via rsh(1), and requires the
Rcp handles third party copies, where neither source nor target files are on the current
cp(1), ftp(1), rsh(1), rlogin(1)
The rcp command appeared in 4.2BSD.
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
The destination user and hostname may have to be specified as ``rhost.rname'' when the des-
tination machine is running the 4.2BSD version of rcp.
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