strange scp behavior

Roberto A. Foglietta roberto.foglietta at
Thu Aug 30 23:34:03 WST 2007

2007/8/30, Matt Johnston <matt at>:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 11:48:55AM +0200, Roberto A. Foglietta wrote:
> > Hi to all folks,
> >
> >  scp works but dbclient used as sco don't, I tried to figure out why...
> > ...but what I found make me fool. it seems to me dbclient try to
> > resolve the first parameter even when the host is a second one.
> > However fails in both where OpenSSH scp works pretty well. Thanks
> >
> > foglietr at eemd2364170:~/Desktop/dropbear-0.49/_install/bin$ strace
> > ./dbclient dbclient foglietr at gexs22:/tmp 2>&1 | grep dbclient
> Running that doesn't make any sense. The second argument of
> "dbclient" is always a hostname - dbclient is a ssh program,
> not a scp program.
> If you want to scp a file, run 'scp', not 'dbclient'. Note
> that scp will itself run a ssh client (such as dbclient or
> OpenSSH's 'ssh'). You can use its '-S' argument to specify
> which ssh client.
> If you've compiled dbclient and scp as a single binary with
> dropbearmulti, you can "ln -s dropbearmulti scp" and run
> that.

 Thanks very much for your answer.
 This should work better when installing MULTI=1.

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