In computing, SCP refers to the Secure Copy Protocol, which is derived from the Secure Shell protocol. It’s a convenient way to send data from one computer to another.

It is possible for either computer to be a localhost and the other to be a remote host during this transmission. Recently, many users have reported that the “No Such File or Directory” error occurs when using SCP to copy files.

This essay will go through some of the causes of this problem and will offer workable strategies to eliminate it permanently. We’ll investigate some of the causes that set it off as well. Be sure to adhere to the manual precisely so that no problems arise.

SCP No Such File or Directory


Method 1: Sending the Right Signals

If you want to transfer files between servers with different configurations, you’ll need to use the appropriate command. Here, we’ll provide a rundown of some of the commands that can be used to move data between various server setups.

For Remote Host Data to Be Copied From Local Host

Localhost refers to the machine you are physically connected to. If a user is accessing a server that is physically located in another location, that server is considered a remote host. File transfers between localhost and remotehost require the following command settings.

$ scp “the_file” your_username@the_remote_host:the/path/to/the/directory

Here’s an example of how to copy the file “Alexa.txt,” a text file.

$ scp Alexa.txt [email protected]:/some/remote/directory

The same method can be used to copy an entire directory:

$ scp -r “the_directory_to_copy” your_username@the_remote_host:the/path/to/the/directory/to/copy/to

Here’s an illustration of how to duplicate the Alexa directory.

$ scp -r foo [email protected]:/some/remote/directory/bar

Moving Data From a Distant Server to Your Own Machine

To successfully transfer a file from the Remote Host to the Local Host, you must use a slightly modified set of commands. The proper instructions to use while transferring data between a remote host and the local host are detailed below.

Use this command to copy a file:

$ scp your_username@the_remote_host:the_file /your/local/directory

Using the following commands, you can duplicate a file with the name “Alexa.txt.”

$ scp your_username@the_remote_host:Alexa.txt /your/local/directory

Method 2: Establishing the Port’s Identifier

Before transferring the file to the local machine, you’ll need to know the remote host’s port number. That’s why, when we start the copying procedure, we’ll also input the port number.

The following command allows you to copy data between machines through a specified port:

$ scp -P port_number your_username@the_remote_host:the_file /your/local/directory

The port number for a remote host can be specified with the same command when transferring files to or from the host. A port number can be specified after the “$ scp ” component of the command by appending “-P (Port number)”.

Method 3: Permission Modifications

Transferring files across computers requires the right permissions to be set on the files. As such, in this section, we will demonstrate how to alter the permissions of a file. Due to this:

Step 1: Select the file you wish to copy with a right-click.

Step 2: Access the “Security” section by going to the “Properties” menu.

Step 3: Be sure to grant “System” and “Administrator” access to everything.