cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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How to check progress of running cp?

Is it possible to check the progress of running cp process? Some processes respond to various KILL signals so that you can check what is their status. I know that I can run cp with parameter -v but ...
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copy filenames with special characters to an external ntfs volume

I'm trying to copy the Documents and Settings folder of a Windows XP system over to an NTFS external disk using a USB Live of Puppy Linux. I encountered am encoding problem for namefiles in which the ...
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rolling snapshot of pictures taken in the last half hour

I've taken this: find -maxdepth 1 -mtime +1 -type f -exec cp '{}' backup \; Which should copy all the regular files in the current directory more than 1 day old to the directory backup (assuming ...
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Move preserves ownership of source files not allowing writes

Kindly Consider: $ id # Me uid=100(user1) gid=200(group1) groups=200(group1) $ ls -l tnsnames.ora # So user1 has only read permission on below file. -rw-rw-r-- 1 oracle dba 411024 Jul 28 2010 ...
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Why does `cp -a . /dir` copy contents instead of directory?

I wanted to copy a directory that I was presently in. I tried cp -a . ~/xyz It copied the contents of the directory, yet this worked: cp -a "$(pwd)" ~/xyz [As desired, this copied the directory ...
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How do I force move something when sudo mv -f doesn't work?

I need to move a 16 GB folder to my external drive, but moving it manually gives me an in use error. I have tried to start in safe mode and moved it but it was still in use. I have run these commands ...
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Installing a new OpenBSD kernel “safely”: why does `make install` go through these extra hoops?

After building a new OpenBSD kernel, the install target of the kernel Makefile does the following: rm -f /obsd ln /bsd /obsd cp bsd /nbsd mv /nbsd /bsd I understand that the first two lines remove ...
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Create symbolic links with wildcards

I have multiple hard drives with the same directory hierarchy, for example: /media/sda/dir1 /media/sda/dir2 ... /media/sdb/dir1 /media/sdb/dir2 Two hard drives with similar names and similar ...
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Can I get the backup option of cp and mv to work with directories?

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file The man page does say that it works on file. It doesn't seem to have any effect on directories. Is there anyway to make this ...
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Is there a difference between hardlinking with cp -l or ln?

I am implementing a backup scheme using rsync and hardlinks. I know I can use link-dest with rsync to do the hardlinks, but I saw mention of using "cp -l" before "link-dest" was implemented in rsync. ...
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Is there a faster alternative to cp for copying large files (~20 GB)?

I am a graduate student, and the group in which I work maintains a Linux cluster. Each node of the cluster has its own local disk, but these local disks are relatively small and are not equipped with ...
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Copy a file and overwrite the existing file

I have two images (image1.png and image2.png) in the same folder on my server, I want to run a command that overwrites image2.png to image1.png. I prefer to overwrite the image instead of deleting it ...
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copying parallel directories Why does cp -r work this way?

The following works correctly (ie does what I want) cd /var/www/release/ mkdir wiki cp -rp ../html/wiki ./ However if I do (what seems more intuitive) cp -r ../html/wiki ./wiki it will ...
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Copy over existing files without confirmation?

I need to copy and over-write a large amount of files, I've used the following command: # cp -Rf * ../ But then whenever a file with the same name exists on the destination folder I get this ...
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How do I copy a folder keeping owners and permissions intact?

So I was going to back up my home folder by copying it to an external drive as follows: sudo cp -r /home/my_home /media/backup/my_home With the result that all folders on the external drives are ...
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How do I properly allow user jenkins to write to a specific directory under user minecraft home directory?

I am using Jenkins, I want to copy a file from the Jenkins directory in to the minecraft user directory, but I am not sure how to go about this, as when I run cp build/versions/*.info ...
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Copy file from USB drive to a desktop loaded via a LiveCD

I have booted my computer using a LiveCD and want to copy a file from a USB drive to the LiveCD loaded desktop. I want to copy a file from the USB drive to the desktop environment in memory, which ...
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Use output from head to copy files with spaces

I have 11 files with spaces in its name in a folder and I want to copy the newest 10. I used ls -t | head -n 10 to get only the newest 10 files. When I want to use the expression in a cp statement I ...
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Make directory copies using find

I have a directory with a bunch of subdirectories in it. Thus /usr/local/src/ccl/ccl-1.8/x86-headers$ ls elf gl gmp gnome2 gtk2 jni libc Each of these directories has a further subdirectory C ...
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Batch copy to multiple directories

I have about 9000 files in a directory and I want to mv them into 90 files in 100 directories by filename order, ignoring any remainder. In Copy multiple files from filename X to filename Y?, Caleb ...
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Copy files to parent directory using relative pathnames [closed]

If I'm in the current working directory of oxford. How would I copy outline.doc, and place it into the sample_dir directory using relative pathnames? I've tried cp outline.doc ../outline.doc
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Sharing a project tree between environments

To save space and time I copied a large project tree on a network drive as hard links, i.e. cp -a -r --link proj proj_B (background: it's huge, needs to be rebuilt from two incompatible ...
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Copy specific file type keeping the folder structure

I have a folder structure with a bunch of *.csv files scattered across the folders. Now I want to copy all *.csv files to another destination keeping the folder structure. it works using: cp ...
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How to copy directories with preserving hardlinks?

How to move directories that have files in common from one to another partition ? Let's assume we have partition mounted on /mnt/X with directories sharing files with hardlinks. How to move such ...
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Difference Between cp -r and cp -R (copy command)

cp- r is meant to copy files recursively, and cp -R for copying directories recursively. But I've checked, and both appear to copy both files and directories, the same thing. So, what's the difference ...
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How use `rsync -R` with multiple subdirs or install -D with multiple files?

Is possible with rsync to copy multiple files from a source directory to a dest directory with multiple subdirectories that don't exist? Or use install -D with multiples files to a directory that ...
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Copy directory, but fail if file already exists at destination

cp -a foo/* bar/ will copy the contents of foo into bar, replacing any files that already exist. I can use the -n flag to make cp not overwrite existing files or -i to make it ask interactively ...
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How can I cp different files to an alias that is changing

I would like to be able to replace cp x.x ~/some/long/directory/that/is/deeply/nested/ with cp x.x s1 where s1 is an alias that points to /some/long/directory/that/is/deeply/nested/ However the ...
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Copying one file to multiple directories

I have a file that I want to copy to another 60 directories. The best way I can think of doing this is by making a bash script that has instructions to every folder like this: cp script.sh ...
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Can I avoid enter key in cp -i?

I often need to selectively archive a long list of files using cp -iar, or similar, and to speed up the process I would like to press just one key instead of y or n followed by ENTER on every file. In ...
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How can I use an “alias” for the destination directory when copying?

I frequently edit startup files such as my .bashrc file Then I copy them to another direction such as ~/Dropnot/level1/setups/bash1 Is there any way I can cp such files to the above location with ...
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copying a directory+renaming it

I want to copy a directory from: path1/dir1 to path2/dir2 the first time I invoke cp -r path1/dir1 path2/dir2 there's no problem, dir2 is created under path2 ls path2/dir2 bu the 2nd time, ...
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copy smallest files first?

I have a large directory containing subdirectories and files that I wish to copy recursively. Is there any way to tell cp that it should perform the copy operation in order of file size, so that the ...
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cp and mv if the file named already exists

What happens when you give the following commands if the file named done already exists? $ cp to_do done $ mv to_do done
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preserving extended attributes with cp/rsync

When copying with cp, the extended attributes are not preserved, even with explicit cp -a --preserve=all /source /dest or cp -a --preserve=xattr /source /dest The same is with rsync, i.e. ...
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Prompt when copying multiple files?

When copying multiple files from one directory to another is there a way to get bash to run through each file and ask for y/n? I vaguely remember adding something to the end of my command like 'ok?' ...
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moving files of certain formats from subdirectoris to directories with same folder names

I’ve got a weird situation. I have 100s of folders with flac and mp3 copies of the same tracks. I need to separate the mp3s from the flacs and put them into similarly named directories. for example: ...
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Why unix mv program doesn't need -R (recursive) option for directories but cp does need it?

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 ...
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Copy file if no error was encountered, else delete copied portion

I am copying a folder in Linux with plenty of files. Some of the files give me error like this: Error splicing file: Input/output error The problem is that it keeps the file in new location though ...
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Search for specified keywords in files and copy to a new filename based on the keyword

I'm trying to create an .sh script where if any keyword is found in a file then copy that file to the directory /pathtofolder/keywords/$thefirstkeywordfound (overwrite the file if it already exists). ...
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copy files modified after specific date using cp switches

When I execute the command find . -mtime -60 I get the list of files modified within the last 60 days. So when I execute find . -mtime -60 -exec cp {} /tmp/1 \; I can copy these files to a new ...
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How can i keep the mtime of files and directories in bash when I use rsync or cp? For use in Backup/Incremental Backup

I have a new NAS box and after looking through numerous backup solutions I've found doing it manually through PuTTy to work the best. After logging in to the box through PuTTy as root, I first need ...
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How to alias cp with cp -i by default

Is there a good way to alias the command cp file1 file2 to cp -i file1 file2? Apologies if this is a dumb question, I'm a Unix novice.
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Why doesn't cp have a progress bar like wget?

Please note that I don't ask how. I already know options like pv and rsync -P. I want to ask why doesn't cp implement a progress bar, at least as a flag ?
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cannot create regular file 'filename': File exists

I've been getting this strange error message in one of my build scripts - cp fails, returning the error "File exists". I've even tried using cp -f, which should overwrite the file if it exists, but ...
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Is there a --parents option for mv like for cp?

cp has a useful feature --parents that allows a file's directory structure to be copied to another directory: $ cp -v --parents source/directory/from target/ ‘source/directory/from’ -> ...
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Using rsync to move (not copy) files between directories?

I have been using rsync to copy files for some time. My understanding is that rsync is faster than cp when some of the files to transfer are already in the destination directory, transferring only the ...
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recursively copy only images and preserve path

I'm working on a website migration. I have a scrape of the site, with all the files and directory structure as you would see them in the URL. I want to pull all images, maintaining the directory ...
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pv for directory copy

I need to copy a very large directory (talking in terabytes here) and want to monitor the progress. I found that pv is a nice utility, but how can I use it for copying directories recursively? (pv ...
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Will files created under source directory after running `cp` be copied?

Suppose I use cp to copy a directory to another place. If the process takes long, and I create a new file under the source directory, will it be copied, or does it depend on something?