Technically speaking, scp is hardly a console application. This definitely falls in the realm of command-line “tool,” no more or less.
But it’s absolutely a godsend, sparing you the effort of setting up server-client network arrangements, if all you want to do is transfer a file or two.
In the past (and by that I mean years ago), I always went straight to nfs, mostly because I didn’t (and still don’t) have any Windows machines.
But I don’t bother doing that any more, if I can solve the arrangement with a simple
It’s hard to overstate the ease of using scp, which usually acts and reacts in the same way as the standard
And aside from demanding a password, it only requires that the remote machine have sshd working.
I know scp is nothing new, and it would be more surprising to find a system or distro that didn’t offer it, than to rehash it again.
But if you haven’t seen it work, you owe it to yourself to try. 🙂