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I've mounted a Windows 7 directory on my FreeBSD box via smbfs:

//ROOT@BARYONYX/GVKV on /usr/home/gvkv/win (smbfs)

but for some reason when I try to copy a directory:

cp .vim /win 

I get the following error:

cp: .vim is a directory (not copied).

I can copy files just fine. Is there something special about directories and smb shares?

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It's nothing to do with smbfs, cp always requires the -r (recursive) flag to copy a directory. You should get the same if you try to cp .vim /tmp/:

$ cp .vim /tmp/
cp: omitting directory `.vim'
zsh: exit 1     cp .vim /tmp/
$ cp -r .vim /tmp/
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