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scp non root



Our Linux servers have no users configured except for the default first use besides root. These servers provide a service and do not require users to log on to the machine.

Of course root cannot login via ssh and that is no problem. A simple su - is enough to make myself root after that and perform the necessary tasks. But…


I sometimes need to copy some files from the server to my machine and want to use scp but… as my default user I do not have access to the files that I just have been able to access as root. So I need to:

-       cp the file to the /home/username directory.

-       make sure the filesystem rights are proper for the user to access the them

Then I can scp as the user to the server and get the file. And of course in reverse order if I want to place a file on the system.


Is there a better way or is that the way it needs to be done?


Bonno Bloksma


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