Topics: AIX, Networking, System Admin

SCP Stalls

When you encounter an issue where ssh through a firewall works perfectly, but when doing scp of large files (for example mksysb images) the scp connection stalls, then there's a solution to this problem: Add "-l 8192" to the scp command.

The reason for scp to stall, is because scp greedily grabs as much bandwith of the network as possible when it transfers files, any delay caused by the network switch of the firewall can easily make the TCP connection stalled.

Adding the option "-l 8192" limits the scp session bandwith up to 8192 Kbit/second, which seems to work safe and fast enough (up to 1 MB/second):


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