scp (secure copy) to ec2 instance without password


I have an EC2 instance running (FreeBSD 9 AMI ami-8cce3fe5), and I can ssh into it using my amazon-created key file without password prompt, no problem.

However, when I want to copy a file to the instance using scp I am asked to enter a password:

scp somefile.txt -i mykey.pem [email protected]:/


Any ideas why this is happening/how it can be prevented?


I figured it out. I had the arguments in the wrong order. This works:

scp -i mykey.pem somefile.txt [email protected]:/

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