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[Bug 1989] New: SCP wihout a source path

Bug #: 1989
Summary: SCP wihout a source path
Classification: Unclassified
Product: Portable OpenSSH
Version: 4.3p2
Platform: All
OS/Version: All
Status: NEW
Severity: normal
Priority: P2
Component: scp


I regularly use scp to copy files between hosts like this:

"scp -prv user@remotehost:/path/to/copy ."

However, today, I made a mistake and typed this instead:
"scp -prv user@remotehost: /path/to/copy ."

This started copying user@remotehosts $HOME to . on the local host I
was on.

So I have now tried "scp -prv user@remotehost: ." which also copies
$HOME to . on the local host. I did not know you could do this. I am
under the impression that I must always include a path or at least a
"/" after ":" as this is how I interpret the "file" in the man pages as
it does not have "[]"

Additionally, if I use "scp -prv user@remotehost: /path/to/copy ." it
starts writing everything to . instead of /path/to/copy.

Is this a bug?

System Profile:
"Linux myhostname 2.6.18-274.el5 #1 SMP Fri Jul 8 17:36:59 EDT 2011
x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux"
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.7 (Tikanga)

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