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The following scp is working as expected.

scp /home/admin/* root@ec2-50-112-212-73:/

But I need a command that will create the required folder structure on destination server if it does not already exist.


I can do it in 2 steps as shown below. I will like to know if there is any other way.

ssh root@ec2-50-112-212-73  " mkdir -p /home/admin/ "
scp  -r /home/admin/* root@ec2-50-112-212-73:/home/admin/
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Do you mean scp -r? – quanta Jun 26 '12 at 11:00
No. equivalent to mkdir -p /home/admin/ on remote server, that will work with scp or tar – shantanuo Jun 26 '12 at 11:07
That's what -r for: Recursively copy entire directories. Note that scp follows symbolic links encountered in the tree traversal. – ott-- Jun 26 '12 at 11:23
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You might be better off using rsync:

rsync -av -R -f"+ */" -f"- *" /home/admin/* root@ec2-50-112-212-73:/

This will only create the directories on the other (ec2) side

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Wouldn't you also need the -R option in order to create /home/admin/? – Oliver Jun 26 '12 at 11:20
Ah, yes, thought he didn't want that. Thanks. – Bart De Vos Jun 26 '12 at 11:24

scp -r /home/admin/ root@ec2-50-112-212-73:/home/admin/ will work, assuming you don't specifically want to copy just the non-dotfiles in /home/admin.

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