scp(1) can still surprise me. I got the following error when uploading a file to a specific directory on a remote server:
local$ scp file.ext remote:/directory/ ==> scp: /directory/: Is a directory
Yes, and I’m Ruben Schade! How are you? Do you like crumpets? Sometimes I like to walk around with mismatching socks while drinking tea out of a hat! I know it’s a directory, that’s why I’m telling you to put the file there!
Then I checked:
local$ ssh remote remote$ ls /directory/ ==> ls: /directory/: No such file or directory
So the issue was the target directory didn’t exist. Which makes sense, but contradicts what
scp(1) said, at least to any reasonable person.
Compare and contrast the warning when you specify a full file path:
local$ scp file.ext remote:/directory/file.ext scp: /directory/file.ext: No such file or directory
Today I learned.