The scp command is used to transfer files to and from a remote
To illustrate the scp utility, suppose you have a file called
exercise01 in your subdirectory a01 (in your home
directory) under your Physics account with username zeke and
your want to copy it into the current directory of your local machine.
You do this with the command
scp "email@example.com:a01/exercise01" .
Be sure to notice the colon and dot. The dot specifies the current
directory. The colon separates the name of the machine from the
directory and file. Since you are specifying your account, all
relative paths start from your home directory. You will be prompted
for your password before the file is transferred. The quotes for the
specification of the remote file name aren't really necessary here,
but if you use wild cards, e.g. exercise?? they are.
To reverse this copy, sending a file named exercise01 on the
local machine in the current directory to your Physics account in the
subdirectory a01 you use the command
scp exercise01 firstname.lastname@example.org:a01
It should be evident that the scp command behaves very much like
the plain Unix cp command.