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SFTP oneliner (as SCP)

Quick note to self:

Secure Copy (scp) (a one line command very easy to include in bash scripts) can be replaced by a similar Secure File Transfer (sftp) command, but the documentation is not very clear...

For instance, this command to transfer a file to a remote host using SCP:

scp src_file user@remote_host:/remote/path/dst_file

Can be replaced by this one, using SFTP:

sftp user@remote_host:/remote/path/ <<< $'put src_file dst_file'


# sftp root@ <<< $'put /tmp/test test_sftp'
Connected to
Changing to: /tmp/
sftp> put /tmp/test test_sftp
Uploading /tmp/test to /tmp/test_sftp
/tmp/test                                          100%    0     0.0KB/s   00:00

The idea is taken from a few StackOverflow threads, all the credit to them... I decided to put it together here, so I can find it easily.