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NAME

     rcp — remote file copy

SYNOPSIS

     rcp [-px] [-k realm] file1 file2
     rcp [-px] [-r] [-k realm] 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 `:' characters,
     or a `/' before any `:'s).

     -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.

     -p    The -p option causes rcp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the
           modification 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.

     -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 krb_realmofhost(3).

     -x    The -x option turns on DES encryption for all data passed by rcp.  This may impact
           response time and CPU utilization, but provides increased security.

     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 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), rsh(1), rlogin(1)

HISTORY

     The rcp command appeared in 4.2BSD.  The version of rcp described here has been
     reimplemented 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
     destination machine is running the 4.2BSD version of rcp.