This is a kind of "wtf?" question, so I'm sorry if I will disturb someone's vision of how things should be or if I will just annoy you with the "stupid" question.
I always get messed up when need to use
mv: "do I need
-R option when working with dir?" In GNU coreutils
cp does need
mv doesn't. I didn't check *BSD, Solaris, HPUX because I don't have any.
I just can not find any reason why
-R option for copying dirs and
mv doesn't. I think that
cping dirs without
-R (but behaving recursively like there's
-R and like
mv does) wouldn't cause any problems except breaking someone's habits on using the tool.
Do you know any explanation? May be it had a reason long time ago?
Additional question: why don't coreutils developers make
cp copy dirs recursively by default?