RCP(1) BSD Reference Manual RCP(1)
rcp - remote file copy
rcp [-Kpx] [-k realm] file1 file2
rcp [-Kprx] [-k realm] 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).
-K The -K option turns off all Kerberos authentication.
-k The -k option requests rcp to obtain tickets for the remote host in
realm realm instead of the remote host's realm as determined by
-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-
-x The -x option turns on DES encryption for all data passed by rcp.
This may impact response time and CPU utilization, but provides in-
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), rsh(1), rlogin(1)
The rcp command 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.
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