cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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Is there a variant of the “cp -a” command that avoids copying from other filesystems?

Let's say I have a directory /data/something with the following subdirs: /data/something/iowa /data/something/wyoming /data/something/burkinafaso /data/something/slovenia All four subdirs have ...
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Surprised by behavior of cp with hardlinks

I understand the notion of hardlinks very well, and have read the man pages for basic tools like cp --- and even the recent POSIX specs --- a number of times. Still I was surprised to observe the ...
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Folder permissions with cp --parents doesn't allow to copy another file

Scenario: with a script run by a normal user I want to copy several files, and replicate the dir structure. For example: cp --parents /lib/libacl.so /tmp/my_root/ cp --parents /lib/libc.so.6 ...
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What command should I use to move these particular elements?

Here is my initial situation: In a folder named for example Father, are stored some files in the following way: Father contains 24 children folders (let's call them Child1, Child2, ...), and each one ...
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How to backup all the files that I'm copying before being overwritten?

I have a folder like this: ./folder-a/index.html ./folder-b/index.html ./folder-c/subdir/index.html ./new-content/folder-a/index.html ./new-content/folder-b/index.html ...
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What is the output of “du” command during a long copy ?

Recently, I have launched the cp command to create a backup of a big directory. So, I used a command like that : cp -rv big_directory new_location Because files are big, it took long time to ...
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Argument list too long with just 5000 files [duplicate]

I have a folder with 5000 files that I want to copy somewhere else. When I do cp ../folder* ., I get the following error: -bash: /bin/cp: Argument list too long However, getconf ARG_MAX returns ...
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How to use cp command in bash script to copy files with spaces ans $ characters in it? [duplicate]

I am trying to copy some files with spaces and $, @ symbols in their file names in a bash script but the script fails to copy the files stating it cannot find the file. I can see that it is treating ...
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Folder organization

I have several folders ("amazon", "niger", "rhine",...). Inside each of them I have several subfolders ("gfdl", "hadgem", "ipsl",...). Each subfolders is composed by 5 subfolders (e.g. in "amazon", ...
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Why does “cp -R --reflink=always” perform a standard copy on a btrfs filesystem?

Btrfs support Copy-On-Write. I tried to use that feature to clone a directory: cp -R --reflink=always foo_directory foo_directory.mirror I expected the command to finish almost instantly (like a ...
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csp where both source and destination are local or how to make cp show a progress bar [duplicate]

csp shows a nice progress bar when copying a file to/from a remote host. Since cp doesn't have such a nicety, it ocurred to me that I could use scp to copy files in the same machine (no remote host), ...
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How to copy and add prefix to file names in one step?

I want to copy and rename multiple c source files in a directory. I can copy like this: $ cp *.c $OTHERDIR But I want to give a prefix to all the file names: file.c --> old#file.c How can I ...
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How is install different from cp?

How is install different from a simple copy, cp or dd? I just compiled a little utility and want to add it to /usr/sbin so it becomes available via my PATH variable. Why use one vs the other?
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Randomly copy certain amount of certain file type from one directory into another

Sometimes I have a folder full of jpg's and I need to randomly choose 8 or so of them. How could I automate this so my account randomly chooses 8 jpg's from the folder and copies them to another ...
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How to copy recursively and change file names to be unique

I have a large tree containing a lot of photos on an external drive that was formatted with one of the linux filesystem types (don't remember which one). It's mounted on my mac and I'm trying to copy ...
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`sudo cp -a` changes ownership to root (instead of preserving the original user)

I was trying to backup some directories and some of the copies made by sudo cp -av resulted in being owned by root while others preserved their attributes. Is this a known issue or am I missing ...
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What is the actual process name when nautilus is copying files?

I am copying some files from an external drive to my desktop running Ubuntu. I can see the "File Operations" dialog which shows copying process. How do I find this particular process in ps aux | grep ...
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Copying directories to directories with different names

How can I copy a number of directories: directory_01 directory_02 directory_03 to different directories tmp_directory_01 tmp_directory_02 tmp_directory_03 where each tmp_directory_* directory ...
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copy all files that have no extension

We can copy some file by extensions like this: cp *.txt ../new/ but how can I copy all files that have no extension?
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How to find file that has read permissions from root directory?

I am trying to find files with read permissions from root directory and save them under /home/student/abc direcory: find / -type f -perm a+r -exec cp /home/student/abc {} + but it shows me the ...
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How to I copy the directory and subfolders but ignore certain files in the subfolder?

I believe the question is best asked with an example. /home test1.txt test2.txt /home/my-folder test3.txt test4.txt test1.txt, test2.txt and my-folder folder are inside /home. ...
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Copy Month wise folders

Main_Dir | --------------------------------------------------------------------- Subdir1 ...
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Is `--reflink=auto` safe to set as default for cp?

I am currently a user of BTRFS and would like to take advantage of the CoW such that when files are copied on the same btrfs filesystem, they are automatically deduplicated by reusing the existing ...
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Copying files containing specific text preserving directory structure

Using the code in this answer, I can easily copy a file containing specific text from one folder to another. With the -r option I can also search inside directories recursively. The result is that ...
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Copy certain files from specified subdirectories into a separate subdirectory

I want to copy all .fastq files from every subdirectory that ends in '_CSF' into another already created subdirectory, dir1_CSF. I understand how to copy certain files but not from certain ...
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Are cp -r and cp -R the same? [duplicate]

A tutorial shows cp -r http://cli.learncodethehardway.org/book/ex10.html but http://ss64.com/osx/ only shows -R.
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What is the bash path difference if asterisk is inside doublequotes or outside doublequotes? [duplicate]

Task is to copy all the files (*). I have this command failed (no path found): cp -r "somedir with space/*" /tmp But this works fine: cp -r "somedir with space/"* /tmp So, what's wrong with path ...
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cp says it's removing files, but shouldn't be

Making a quick backup: root@guilmon:/mnt/backup/guilmon/home# cp -uvfrx --preserve=all /home/rena/ . The output is surprising - some files are said to be removed! removed ...
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Copy files with parent folder to a new directory

I want to copy some files and include their parent directory in the process. The current structure is similar to: /Module1/A/downloads/m13312/file.pdf /Module1/A/downloads/m17312/file.pdf ...
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cp options --no-clobber vs. --update

I want to copy a single file if (and only if) the destination does not exist. The source file changes rarely, maybe once a month. The destination almost never exists. Are there any differences ...
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How do I create a copy of a file in multiple directories?

I have a folder structure conf/ widget1/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget2/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget3/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget4/ ...
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How do I copy the latest file from one directory to another?

I have 3 zip files in a directory. I want to copy the most recent version to a backup directory. My code works fine for .sh and other files, but not for .zip. Is there something else I have to do? ...
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cp: cannot stat error - when filename has Asian characters

I am simply trying to copy files using cp -r /home/user/source/ /home/user/destination/ but it throws me the cp: cannot stat /source/filename.xxx error for some of the files. When I searched for this ...
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Copy files from find command [closed]

I am trying to copy all *file.log files found using find. The problem is all files are named the same and it is only copying over one file. I need to find a way to rename the files in the command or ...
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How do I suppress error messages from cp?

I am currently looking ways to suppress error command in Linux, in particular, the command cp. I do: root@ubuntu:~$ cp /srv/ftp/201*/wha*/*.jj ~/. cp: cannot stat `/srv/ftp/201*/wha*/*.jj': No ...
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scp command fails executing cp

I am trying to use scp command to copy the r0.res file from local machine to a remote machine. I entered the following command: scp -v /etc/drbd.d/r0.res root@192.168.1.104 and I obtain this error: ...
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copy files from the parent location when I am inside a symbolically linked folder

Suppose I have created two folders in /tmp called parent and child. child contains a file called test-child.txt and parent contains a file called test-parent.txt. Now lets go inside the parent and ...
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? appended to filename while copying from a ssh

I am using the command cp error.log error$HOSTNAME.log the command works properly while running it separately in a server, but if it is run as script which uses ssh I am getting a ? appended to the ...
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How to view progress with sshpass and scp in linux?

In my linux terminal, I am using this command sshpass -p "pass" scp -r me8@host.ca:/cmshome/me/file /home/me/Desktop to download a file with a password in it. Without the sshpass, I can see the ...
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How to copy a file from remote server to local machine?

In my terminal shell, I ssh'ed into a remote server, and I cd to the directory I want. Now in this directory, there is a file called table that I want to copy to my local machine /home/me/Desktop. How ...
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How to test which files will be copied with the cp command?

I'm creating a simple script that copies all files from DIRECTORYA that do not exist in DIRECTORYB. I'm doing this through the use of the cp command: cp -u DIRECTORYA/* DIRECTORYB What I'd like to ...
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How to copy a sub directory of one directory to another?

How can I copy a directory structure named function under Dept2 directory into Dept3 directory in one shot?
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cp with interactive don't prompt before overwrite

I observed a strange behavior cp. Exactly the point is that cp did not ask me for confirmation, even with the option interactive. A test case looks like this Existing files find * -type f ...
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Replace bunch of files maintaining path

I have directory A and B. Each of them contains another directory with item.json inside. Only item.json file is persistent in directories so I cant copy-paste the directories. A: ./path/Item ...
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Copy files in same folder and replace year in its name

How can I copy a lot of files in the same directory replacing the year in its name? I have this (can be different filename and extensions): filename1-2014.ext filename2-2014.ext filename3-2014.ext ...
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Create copies of files in same directory

Lets say I have a directory with the following files: 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt I want to copy these and basically paste in the same directory making new files eg: 1.txt 1(1).txt 2.txt 2(1).txt 3.txt ...
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How to emulate 'cp -a' on Solaris which does not have it?

How to do a cp -a on a Solaris system which does not support the -a option?
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How to copy files from the folder without the folder itself

I'm trying to copy files and subfolders from A folder without the A itself. For instance, A folder contains next: | file1.txt | file2.txt | subfolder1 Executing next command gives me ...
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POSIX description of cp -R

I just became really confused by the implementation of bash's cp -R command compared to how POSIX words what should happen Given the posix definition, I would expect cp -R srcDir existingDestDir to ...
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Mac OS X combine cp and cat to sequentially copy and rename files in list

I am using a MacBook Pro OS X 2013 model. I have a list of filenames in a text file named list.txt separated by line breaks list.txt exactly like this, but this list is going to be long e.jpeg ...