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I have a desktop, a laptop running ubuntu and an old box running ubuntu server with no gui or monitor. I need a reliable way to move files from the desktop and the laptop to the server. I am now SSHing into the server from the two client computers. Could I use that to transfer files, too? Should I set up some sort of ftp communication?

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Just as all modern Unix-like systems have an SSH client, they also have SCP and SFTP clients. To copy a file from your computer to another computer with ssh, go to a command-line and type:

scp thefile username@IP address or hostname:Destination

Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SSH/TransferFiles

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Also look into rsync. –  jrg Jun 20 '12 at 17:11

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