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FSF                                                         CP(1)


cp - copy files and directories




Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY. -a, --archive same as -dpR --backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file -b like --backup but does not accept an argument -d, --no-dereference never follow symbolic links -f, --force if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again -i, --interactive prompt before overwrite -H follow command-line symbolic links -l, --link link files instead of copying -L, --dereference always follow symbolic links -p, --preserve preserve file attributes if possible --parents append source path to DIRECTORY -P same as `--parents' for now; soon to change to `--no- dereference' to conform to POSIX -r copy recursively, non-directories as files WARNING: use -R instead when you might copy special files like FIFOs or /dev/zero --remove-destination remove each existing destination file before attempting cp (fileutils) 4.1 Last change: April 2001 1 FSF CP(1) to open it (contrast with --force) --sparse=WHEN control creation of sparse files -R, --recursive copy directories recursively


--strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each argument -s, --symbolic-link make symbolic links instead of copying -S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix --target-directory=DIRECTORY move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY -u, --update copy only when the SOURCE file is newer than the desti- nation file or when the destination file is missing -v, --verbose explain what is being done -x, --one-file-system stay on this file system --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit By default, sparse SOURCE files are detected by a crude heuristic and the corresponding DEST file is made sparse as well. That is the behavior selected by --sparse=auto. Specify --sparse=always to create a sparse DEST file when- ever the SOURCE file contains a long enough sequence of zero bytes. Use --sparse=never to inhibit creation of sparse files. The backup suffix is `~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Here are the values: none, off never make backups (even if --backup is given) cp (fileutils) 4.1 Last change: April 2001 2 FSF CP(1) numbered, t make numbered backups existing, nil numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise simple, never always make simple backups As a special case, cp makes a backup of SOURCE when the force and backup options are given and SOURCE and DEST are the same name for an existing, regular file.


Written by Torbjorn Granlund, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.


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Copyright O 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying condi- tions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


The full documentation for cp is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and cp programs are properly installed at your site, the command info cp should give you access to the complete manual. cp (fileutils) 4.1 Last change: April 2001 3