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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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