cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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`cp` permission denied when copy a file owned by `root`

I have a folder udp_folder2 d------r-T 41 root root 4096 Apr 26 21:17 udp_folder2 when I'm with user other than root, I can't cp -r it into a new folder it says: Permission denied ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Simple bash script taking too long to execute

I wrote the following function in my .bashrc for use instead of rm * : function re() { cp . -R /home/glset/ritwik/trash/ rm * } It works .. but it is very slow. Even for small files it takes ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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what is the purpose of cp -s?

as the answer to this question shows, Is there a difference between hardlinking with cp -l or ln? The purpose for creating the -l option for the cp command is to recursively hard-link (the contents ...
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how is cp -f different from cp --remove-destination?

in the cp manpage, it lists the -f/--force option as: if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again for the --remove-destination option it says: remove each existing ...
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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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Invoking cp from within BASH and using the -u option

Is there a way to have cp's --update option print files that did not copy because the source directory contained a newer version of the file?
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do not show error if file doesn't exist on copy, without sending to dev null

I want to avoid my script posting an error if I try to cp a file that does not exist. However, I would like error messages to print out for any other error, such as insufficient permissions. This ...
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May cp override subdirectories with the same name?

I downloaded an Adobe flash plugin, It includes a .so file and a directory called usr. In this folder, it has sub-folders like bin, lib, lib64, share. In the readme file, it says I need to do the ...
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cp: cannot stat : No such file or directory

I am getting an error when I try to copy a file from my local computer to a remote server with ssh. I get the same error whether I use cp or scp. Here is my input at the resulting error: ...
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The command 'cp' can only used on block device?

According to my last question I think we can't use 'cp' to copy file to the tape device or device like '/dev/lp0'.But I still don't understand why. To make this question simple enough,just tell me if ...
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Multithreaded cp on linux? [duplicate]

Is there a multi-threaded cp command on Linux? I know how to do this on Windows, but I don't know how this is approached in a Linux environment.
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cp and set new user

I configure linux servers with some regularty. And then copy with ssh-copy-id my public key to the root user (/root/.ssh) and edit authorized-keys. If I install additional services, sometimes ...
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Linux command to copy as hard links, while deleting unwanted files?

I'm looking for a command that behaves both like cp -al in only creating hard links rather than copying file contents, and rsync -a --delete in removing files from the destination that are not ...
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How can I copy a file from another directory to the current one?

I have this problem as part of a school assignment: NOTE: In case it's hard to read in the image above, here's the directory tree: $ tree . `-- sample_dir1 `-- sample_dir |-- admin ...
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How to copy with wildcard in directory name?

I would like to copy the html directory inside a directory like cms_drupal_PROJ-1-2 to /var/www. The last digit in the working directory is dynamic so at any given time all I know is ...
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Different sizes after copy [duplicate]

I would like to copy for backup porposes a Linux user home directory with several GBs of data and the usual configuration files. The source directory and the backup directory should exactly have the ...
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How to determine if cp -u actually copied the file?

As the title says, I'm looking for a concise way to check if a file was copied using cp -u. I have a little shell script which updates quite a number of files. At the moment the script echoes a ...
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Copy multiple files and create the target directories at the same time?

I read How can I copy a file and create the target directories at the same time? But the solution there only works if you want to copy one file. How would I copy multiple files into a directory, ...
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Replace cp function by rsync [duplicate]

I'm trying to replace my cp function by an rsync function My cp function is the following find /home/odroid/USBHD/Movies/ -iname "*.mkv" -mtime '-1' -exec cp -n {} /home/odroid/NASVD/Movies \; do ...
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Copying files with multiple extensions

I would like to copy files with multiple extensions to a single destination directory. For example, I can use the following command to copy all .txt files in the working directory to a directory ...
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How to copy or move files without being asked to overwrite?

What I've tried: root@host [/home1]# cp -f hello /home3 cp: omitting directory `hello' root@host [/home1]# cp -rf hello /home3 cp: overwrite `/home3/hello/.buildpath'? y cp: overwrite ...
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How to be certain “cp -n -r /dir/ /des/” does not overwrite files.. and is doing its job ? verbose mode?

I run the command cp -n -r /dir/ /backup/ but there is no way to tell what it is doing.. if it is skipping files that already exists.. if it is doing anything.. I tried adding -v option to ...
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Is there a better way than cp to copy millions of files while preserving hard links?

So in this story on the GNU coreutils ML, someone used cp to copy 430 million files and needed to preserve hard links, and just barely got it to finish after 10 days. The big problem was that, in ...
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AIX question on cp command [closed]

I have come across an issue with cp command. We are using ksh and cp command goes like below cp -p $PATH/file_name_${VARIABLE}_???.dat $PATH/file_name_to.dat ??? - is for any three digit numbers. ...
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Using cp to replace a directory of the same name

How can I make cp replace a directory of the same name without removing the existing directory first? cp's default behaviour is to copy the source directory into the destination rather than replace ...
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How to replace a symbolic link with a copy of a file it links to?

Having a (single, no batch filesystem processing needed) symlink, what a command line to use to replace it with a copy of the file it links to?
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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 ...