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Publish files over scp. (like a paste service)
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This will place an HTML copy of a buffer on the web on a server to which the user has SSH access.

It's similar in purpose to services such as or, but it's much simpler since it assumes the user has an account on a publicly-accessible HTTP server. It uses `scp' as its transport and uses Emacs' font-lock as its syntax highlighter instead of relying on a third-party syntax highlighter for which individual language support must be added one-by-one.


Install via Marmalade or from source via M-x package-install-from-buffer.

You'll need to configure your destination:

(setq scpaste-http-destination ""
      scpaste-scp-destination "")

scpaste-scp-destination should be an scp-accessible directory that is also served over HTTP. scpaste-http-destination should be the URL that corresponds to that directory.

You probably want to set up SSH keys for your destination to avoid having to enter your password once for each paste. Also be sure the key of the host referenced in `scpaste-scp-destination' is in your known hosts file--scpaste will not prompt you to add it but will simply hang.


M-x scpaste, (or scpaste-region) enter a name, and press return. The name will be incorporated into the URL by escaping it and adding it to the end of scpaste-http-destination. The URL for the pasted file will be pushed onto the kill ring.

Two files will be uploaded: the HTML version as well as the raw version. The HTML version simply has ".html" on the end of the name, and it includes a link to the raw version at the bottom. (Customize scpaste-footer to adjust the look of this link.)

You can autogenerate a splash page that gets uploaded as index.html in scpaste-http-destination by invoking M-x scpaste-index. This will upload an explanation as well as a listing of existing pastes. If a paste's filename includes "private" it will be skipped.


  • Automatically linkify URLs inside htmlfontify (stick it on the hfy-opts group of misc tunables according to fledermaus)


Copyright © 2008-2011 Phil Hagelberg. Distributed under the same terms as GNU Emacs.

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