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uucp [options] [source!]file [destination!]file

Copy a file (or group of files) from the source to the destination. The source and destination can be remote systems. The destination file can be a directory.



Do not copy files to the spool directory (the default).


Copy files to the spool directory for transfer.


Make directories for the copy when they don't exist (the default).


Do not make directories when they don't exist.


Set grade (priority) of job. x is typically a single letter or digit, where a and 1 give the highest transfer priority. Use uuglist to show values for x.


Print the uucp job number.


When copy is complete, send mail to person who issued uucp command.


When copy is complete, send mail to user.


Queue job, but don't start transfer program (uucico).


Send transfer status to file (a full pathname); overrides -m.


Debug at level n (0-9); higher numbers give more output.


This shell script sends a compressed file to system orca:

cat send_it
compress $1
uucp -C -n$2 -m $1.Z orca\!/usr/spool/uucppublic
uncompress $1

With -C, the transfer is made on a copy in the spool directory. (Normally, uucp gets the file from its original location, so you couldn't rename it or uncompress it until the call goes through.) The script also notifies sender and recipient when the transfer finishes. Here's a sample run:

send_it chapter1 bob

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