I'm looking for a simple backup solution. My hoster has provided some backup space on remote server over scp/sftp. They have supplied me a username and a password. The option of auth with a RSA/DSA key is not avaliable.

Ideally, I'd like to have a simple script that would:

tar | gzip | gpg | scp -uuser -ppassword my.backup.server

However I can't find an scp client that would accept username and password on command line and stuff to transfer on standart input.

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    Honestly, I'd ask them for the ability to use (and require) key-based authentication. More secure for you, and therefore more secure for them. If they can't/won't do it, there's other, better hosting providers out there. – mattdm Dec 15 '10 at 15:50

If you're on windows, then WinSCP can be scripted. If you're on Linux (or Windows, too) you can find or install Expect, which can script anything interactive.

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