OT: [solved] scp question

Mike Wright mike.wright at mailinator.com
Sat Dec 21 19:08:10 UTC 2013

12/21/2013 09:00 AM, Mike Wright wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I'm trying to automate a box to box backup.
> When I run the "scp" command from the command line it uses my
> public/private key pair and everything works well but if I execute the
> same command from a cron job the receiving end reports, "Failed
> password...".
> Why does CLI use keys but the script use passwords?
> Here is the command:
> scp -r /home/mike/Backup/mysql

OK.  For some reason scp needs to be told explicitly which key set to 
use.  This is done using the -i switch:

scp -r -i /home/mike/.ssh/sql_rsa ...

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