cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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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 `/home3/hello/....
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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 it:...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 /home/*...
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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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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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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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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 /home/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Confusion on the cp command when creating a new directory

Let me explain my problem with a simpler scenario. We have these two directories: ~/Foo and ~/Bar. Foo contains the files test1.txt and test2.txt. If I run the command cp -R Foo Bar, the Bar directory ...
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CP: max source files number arguments for copy utility

Consider that there are countless number of files under /src/ cp /src/* /dst/ How many files cp will successfully process?
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Copying recursively files with spaces

At the moment I have a set of files of the form of: /dir one/a picture.jpg /dir two/some picture.jpg What I want to do is copy and change the end to -fanart.jpg to the filename to: /dir one/a ...
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cp --no-target-directory explained

Question: I need a simple example of how to use cp --no-target-directory. I do experience some difficulties in understanding cp --no-target-directory. I do understand the explanation for mv --no-...
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Copying a working Linux instead of installing a new one [duplicate]

It is possible to move an installed Linux from one drive to another or from one disk to another by two methods: dd command which copies sector by sector including boot sector cp command, and then ...
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issue with find -exec cp

Consider this example (newbie alert): touch test0 touch timestamp touch test1 sudo find /var/www/import -iname 'test*' -newer timestamp -exec cp {} new \; It actually copies file test1, but it ...