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HP-UX 11i Version 3: February 2007

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uuto, uupick — public UNIX system to UNIX system file copy


uuto [options] source-files destination

uupick [-s system]


uuto sends source-files to destination. uuto uses the uucp facility to send files (see uucp(1)), while allowing the local system to control the file access. A source-file name is a path name on your machine. Destination has the form:


where system is taken from a list of system names that uucp knows about (see uuname in uucp(1) manual entry). user is the login name of someone on the specified system.

uuto recognizes the following options:


Copy the source file into the spool directory immediately, and send the copy.


Send mail to the requester when the copy is complete.

The files (or sub-trees if directories are specified) are sent to PUBDIR on system, where PUBDIR is the UUCP public directory (/var/spool/uucppublic). Specifically the files are sent to

  • PUBDIR /receive/user/mysystem/files.

The recipient is notified by electronic mail when the files arrive.

uupick accepts or rejects the files transmitted to the recipient. Specifically, uupick searches PUBDIR for files destined for the user. For each entry (file or directory) found, the following message is printed on the standard output:

  • from system: [file file-name] [dir dirname] ?

uupick then reads a line from the standard input to determine the disposition of the file:


Go on to next entry.


Delete the entry.

m [dir]

Move the entry to named directory dir (current directory is default). Note that, if the current working directory is desired for dir, do not specify any parameter with m. A construction such as m. is erroneous, and results in loss of data.

a [dir]

Same as m except move all the files sent from system.


Print the contents of the file.



EOT (control-D)

Same as q.


Escape to the shell to execute command.


Print a command summary.

uupick invoked with the -ssystem option searches only the PUBDIR for files sent from system.


To send files that begin with a dot (such as .profile) the filename must contain a corresponding dot. For example: .profile, .prof*, and .profil? are correct, whereas *prof* and ?profile are incorrect.



/var/spool/uucppublic public directory


mail(1), uuclean(1M), uucp(1), uustat(1), uux(1).

Tim O'Reilly and Grace Todino,

Managing UUCP and Usenet, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. USA.

Grace Todino and Dale Dougherty,

Using UUCP and Usenet, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. USA.


uuto: SVID2, SVID3, XPG2, XPG3, XPG4

uupick: SVID2, SVID3, XPG2, XPG3, XPG4

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