# Unable to use scp with a bash alias

This code does not work:

scp ~/Desktop/favicon.ico nameOfBashAlias:/public_html/mySite/templates/blog/ 


The alias is:

alias nameOfBashAlias='ssh [email protected]' 


How do I solve this problem?

### Edit

Is something similar to the following code possible, like running many instances of bash?

scp ~/Desktop/favicon.ico (nameOfBashAlias)>:/public_html/mySite/templates/blog/ 


I did not get the above code to work.

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I wouldn't recommend using a Bash alias for what you are trying to accomplish. You can just enter all the information into SSH's config file and be done with it. Read the man page for ssh_config if you are curious where these come from. You can do some neat things with ssh_config

The file is located here ~/.ssh/config

Host nameOfBashAlias
HostName 11.11.11.11
Port 22



You are now setup to issue the following command:

$ssh nameOfBashAlias   Something I bet you didn't know is how integrated this all is. Now that you have this setup, the following commands also work $ scp /some/file nameOfBashAlias:/path/to/storage/location/



No more remembering that scp uses "-P" for port and ssh uses "-p". Also this "alias" also works in OS X gui apps like Transmit.

OpenSSH obtains configuration data from the following sources in the following order:

1. command-line options
2. user's configuration file ~/.ssh/config
3. system-wide configuration file /etc/ssh_config

scp doesn't run bash. You would need to run this:

 scp ~/Desktop/favicon.ico 11.11.11.111:/public_html/mySite/templates/blog/



If all you have is the alias and the above code is not possible for you, consider running it like this:

nameOfBashAlias cat /public_html/mySite/templates/blog/ > ~/Desktop/favicon.ico



In this way, you're actually invoking ssh and directing the file content to a file on disk. This can be written the other way for uploads.

Aliases are substituted when they are the first word of a bash command. Your alias appears at the start of the third word.

I would use a shell variable for this.

blah='[email protected]'
scp ~/Desktop/favicon.ico ${blah}:/public_html/mySite/templates/blog/   Btw, I think your original alias shouldn't have ssh in it. And the last code sample has a > in it that looks wrong too. No, your examples will not work, because that is not how BASH aliases work. I suggest you use a variable. Put this in your ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc [whichever you use]: site="[email protected]" then in your terminal, this will work: scp favicon.ico$site:/dir/

Or you could write a script like I do for my iPod. in my bashrc I have ipod=192.168.2.60, then in my script I source ~/.bashrc so it gets my variables in the script, then in the script: scp $1$ipod
the downside is I'd have to edit the script to do recursive. and I can only do 1 file. but when I need either of those I usually use scp directly from the terminal!
~Matt

Category: scp Time: 2009-03-09 Views: 1
Tags: scp bash alias

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