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How can I transfer a file between two computers without a server?

Need to transfer a directory to another server but do not have FTP or SCP access? Well this little trick will help out using the netcat utility. On the destination server run:

nc -l -p 1234 | uncompress -c | tar xvfp -

And on the sending server run:

tar cfp - /some/dir | compress -c | nc -w 3 [destination] 1234

Now you can transfer directories without FTP and without needing root access.

(Another tip from "tips all geeks should know")

Last updated on 2009-10-20 14:28:51 -0700, by Shalom Craimer

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