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I am new to ubuntu and my friend told me to SSH into my IPod so i can put/remove songs on it.
I've been succesfully ssh'ing into it but i do not know how to copy and paste my songs from my Home Directory into my iPod. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I do know basic commands like ls, cd, pwd, etc. I do know the cp command but cannot utilize it.

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Time to learn a new command! :)

To learn more about it:

#man scp

Secure Copy allows you to copy the contents of your friends directories to your local system.

So you mention you are comfortable with using SSH. Let say that your friends IP address is and your username is "joe" The files on your friends computer are located in /share/music/

open a terminal window using "Ctrl-Alt-T" or use the Dash Search Bar

Now to copy individual files issue the following:

#scp joe@ .

What this says is, ssh into your friends computer at with the username "Joe" and copy the mp3 file "/share/music/filename1.mp3" to your local present working directory (note the period)

You can actually specify a location to save the mp3 other than your present working directory

#scp joe@ /var/tmp

So in the example above, I'm saving the mp3 to /var/tmp

Just make sure that you have proper permissions to the directory your saving too.

Now, to save whole directories, you need to use the recursive flag "-r"

#scp -r joe@ /var/tmp/

So now all the mp3's in /share/music/album1 will save to /var/tmp/

Give these commands a try, let me know if you have any problems!

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Why do you prefix all your command lines with a # symbol? – Chan-Ho Suh Mar 9 '12 at 7:34
“Time to learn a new command!” And, apparently, the location of the Shift and Apostrophe keys. :-) – Chris Page Mar 10 '12 at 20:58
sorry for my uber n00b-ness, but i understood completely everything you said and for my case my line was "scp Khalistan@ /var/mobile/Media/Photos" whereas Khalistan is my iPod and the / is the file i want to move at the moment. please tell me if you see any problems with this. also, i got a error, "ssh: connect to host port 22: No route to host" any help would be apperciated and i thank you so much for writing such a complete and helpful response. – Gurjit Singh Mar 19 '12 at 3:15
@GurjitSingh I don't see any problems with what you asked. If your getting an error "No Route to host" it's most likely a problem with the networking configuration. Are you sure you know both IP Addresses of your systems? What happens when you run '#ifconfig -a 'on each system? – sfeole Mar 28 '12 at 2:08
its to a ipod so i cannot do a ipconfig but im sure the ip is – Gurjit Singh Mar 30 '12 at 5:12

You can use scp command in terminal if you want to, but you don't have to do it in terminal.

Just open a new Nautilus window and select Go - Location... from the menu. This will open an input box where you need to put the connection string, something like


Hit Enter, it'll ask you for password, and that's it:

SFTP with Nautilus

Then you can just drag and drop the files from another Nautilus window

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@ sergey thanks but i just wanted to do this from the terminal, its an ego thing lol – Gurjit Singh Mar 19 '12 at 3:17

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