sftp removing writable bit

Andrew DeFaria Andrew@DeFaria.com
Thu Sep 13 15:54:00 GMT 2007

Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> * Andrew DeFaria (Wed, 12 Sep 2007 22:49:49 -0700)
>> Thorsten Kampe wrote:
>>> * Andrew DeFaria (Wed, 12 Sep 2007 08:48:58 -0700)
>>>> John J. Culkin wrote:
>>>>> I am seeing an issue with Cygwin's sftp. It seems that after I upload
>>>>> a file that overwrites an existing file, the writable bit is removed.
>>>>> This prevents me from uploading a new version of the file.
>>>>> The files are owned by the SFTP user.
>>>>> Any Ideas?
>>>> No ideas but a question. What is sftp good for? I mean what does it 
>>>> have
>>>> over say... scp?
>>> You can use your favourite FTP client, right?!
>> As opposed to just typing scp? I still don't get it...
> Yes. Some clients (by coincidence my favourite ones) like yafc, lftp 
> and SpeedCommander do sftp. Lftp even does fish (which I think is 
> "pure" scp/ssh).
I guess I'm saying is that if yafc, lftp and SpeedCommander can do sftp 
then scp will also work (no?). Conceptually I would think "copy this 
file" and relate that to a "cp" of sorts before an "ftp" of sorts. I use 
ncftp, when ftp is the only way, which doesn't do sftp (I think). 
Although ncftp can use ftp to copy a file or set of files in one command 
many ftp clients can't (perhaps yafc, lftp and SpeedCommander can do 
this - I don't know). What are the chances that those other sftp type 
clients are available on say the Solaris or Linux clients/servers of a 
client I'm working for? Much less than the possibility of scp being 
present. And I'm not necessarily against the idea of "well go out and 
get a working copy of these programs" but often clients do not give 
consultants that privilege.

To each his own - we all  have our own reasons for our picks of 
favorites (even if sometimes the reasons are not very well thought out).
Andrew DeFaria <http://defaria.com>
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