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Bug#473137: scp: misleading error message when copying to a non-existent target directory

Package: openssh-client
Version: 1:4.3p2-9
Severity: wishlist

When copying a file to a remote directory which does not exist, the 
error message "Is a directory" is misleading and can be confusing to 
users. For example, 

(no /www/tmp/ directory on maircrosoft.com)
$ scp interesting/story maircrosoft.com:/www/tmp/
 scp: /www/tmp/: Is a directory

really means "Is *not* a directory" ... 

A better message might be along the lines of "[Directory] does not
exist and cannot rename a file to [Directory] as [Directory] may only
be the name of a directory"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-6-686
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages openssh-client depends on:
ii  add 3.102                                Add and remove users and
groups ii  deb 1.5.11etch1                          Debian
configuration management sy ii  dpk
1.13.25                              package maintenance system for Deb
ii  lib 2.3.6.ds1-13etch5                    GNU C Library: Shared
libraries ii  lib 1.39+1.40-WIP-2006.11.14+dfsg-2etch1 common error
description library ii  lib 2.9.cvs.20050518-2.2                 BSD
editline and history libraries ii  lib
1.4.4-7etch4                         MIT Kerberos runtime libraries ii
lib 5.5-5                                Shared libraries for terminal
hand ii  lib 0.9.8c-4etch1                        SSL shared libraries
ii  pas 1:                         change and administer
password and
ii  zli 1:1.2.3-13                           compression library -

openssh-client recommends no packages.

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