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How to control or throttle SCP file transfer speed

I wanted to control how fast SCP copy data between two Linux servers. On a Linux system this can easily be achieved using the “SCP -l” switch. In my case I had to make sure to not exceed 0.5 Mbit/s

Since the “-l” parameter uses Kbit/s the correct value in my case is 500

scp -l 500 big-file.tar