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How can I specify a port for the destination ip? When I do scp -p 0000 it still tries to connect on port 22, not the one I'm specifying.

scp svn_backup.tgz
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You can find great information reading manual pages. man scp, for example. –  motobói Mar 20 '12 at 11:47
If in doubt, --help or man will probably give you the answer. –  Ben Lessani - Sonassi Jun 22 '12 at 8:03

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Capital "P".

$ scp -P 12345 svn_backup.tgz

See $ man scp for more details.

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Hooray for consistency! –  David Mackintosh Jun 11 '10 at 16:58
@David: scp was designed to imitate rcp, and rcp used -p to "preserve file times and modes". See man scp. –  grawity Jun 11 '10 at 19:08

[I'd rather add a comment, but not enough 'reputation' for that yet.]

It's also noteworthy that the port specification must come before the file name, i.e.:

scp svn_backup.tgz -P 12345

*won't work.

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