Strange behavior with scp

Jonathan T. Sage sagejona at
Mon Dec 8 15:02:07 PST 2003

Sean Page wrote:
> Hi,
> I just upgraded 2 machines to 4.9p1 and one of them is displaying a rather
> odd behavior.
> When I try to scp a file from said machine, it shows the first line of the
> fortune (the one you see if you, say, log into a shell on the machine) on
> the client end and then it quits. No error is reported in /var/log/messages
> or auth.log and no file is transferred.
> Has anyone seen this before? I tried using the same sshd_config as the
> working machine to no avail.
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Sean.
This is happening because fortune is hijacking the tty.  edit your shell 
init program to not run fortune on non-interactive shells, or remove it 
all together and scp should work fine again.


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