Something like pax -w | ssh somehost 'pax -r' has the same effect as scp, but transfers files much more quickly. My quick testing has also shown pax to be somewhat faster than tar in this case. Jon Bernard Peng Chen wrote: > Surprisingly, the SCP performance is heavily bound to CPU power. In > the following table we compared performance among four different > machines. Note that this is NOT benchmark, we use this table only to > understand where is the bottleneck.