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RCP(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				   RCP(1)

NAME
     rcp -- remote file copy

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

DESCRIPTION
     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) char-
     acters, 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.
     For example,

	   [2001:DB8::800:200C:417A]:tmp/file

     Options:

     -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 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.

     -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 metacharac-
     ters are interpreted remotely.

     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.

SEE ALSO
     cp(1), ftp(1), rcmd(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), rcmd(3), hosts.equiv(5), rhosts(5), environ(7)

HISTORY
     The rcp utility appeared in 4.2BSD.  The version of rcp described here has been reimple-
     mented with Kerberos in 4.3BSD-Reno.

BUGS
     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 des-
     tination machine is running the 4.2BSD version of rcp.

BSD					  March 8, 2005 				      BSD
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