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

     rcp — remote file copy

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

     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

     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 mod‐
	     ified by the umask(2) on the destination host is used.

     -r	     If any of the source files are directories, rcp copies each sub‐
	     tree rooted at that name; in this case the destination must be a

     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 inter‐
     preted remotely.

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

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

     /etc/auth.conf  configure authentication services

     cp(1), ftp(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), auth.conf(5), hosts.equiv(5)

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

     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.

BSD			       October 16, 2002				   BSD

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