In the HP Procurve manual it says to use the following command to up load a file from the switch to a tftp server:

HP2512# copy startup-config tftp d:\configs\sw2512

In my case, my tftp server is on a ubuntu 14.04 LTS machine, so I did the following:

HP2512# copy startup-config tftp myIP /tftpboot/swconf

But it didn't work :

Transport Error.

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    an absolute path behind the tftp server seems weird. The path should be relative to the tftp server base folder, not to the OS file system. Can you try just with a filename, like "copy startup-config tftp myip swconf"? Also are you sure you run a tftp server and not a ftp server? Those are different things.
    – JFL
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:33
  • I tried the absolute path and still get the same error
    – sirine.ch
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:55
  • What do the logs on the server say?
    – Teun Vink
    Apr 7, 2016 at 19:18
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It's most likely a tftpd configuration problem: it is rather picky. Check you are running as a user with write permissions, that SELinux isn't preventing writes; read very carefully the man page, especially the bits about --create and --permissive. If that doesn't get you anywhere, crank up the verbosity and check the syslogs.

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