How to scp transfer a file in Linux with spaces

Say you have a path like this "/some/path/here with spaces/".  If you try to transfer it you will get a message along the lines of:

scp -rp 192.168.0.12:"/some/path/here space/" .

scp: /some/path/here: No such file or directory
scp: space: No such file or directory

You can escape each space but what a pain that is especially if you have multiple spaces in the path.

The simplest way is to use the following instead:


scp -rp 192.168.0.12:'"/some/path/here space/"' .

or


scp -rp 192.168.0.12:'"/some/path/here space/"' .

As you can see we are basically padding it with a '" or "' on either side to make the shell interpret it as a literal instead of thinking the space is where the path name ends.


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