cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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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 ...
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**/ not working with a mounted volume

I'm trying to recursively extract a set of .jpgs from a mounted volume using SMB1, to a folder on my computer. Here's what I've got: cp -a **/97*.jpg /Users/.../All_Covers This works as long as my ...
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When do I use cp --attributes-only

Doing some study on basic Unix commands and trying to get an example when I want to use the following command line option --attributes-only for command cp here is from cp man page --attributes-only ...
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How to copy a file within its original directory, most easily? [duplicate]

What I want to do is basically cp long/directory/path/file long/directory/path/file-copy This or similar operations are pretty common. Typing out the whole path twice is obviously awkward, even ...
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How do I copy a symbolic link?

I have a symbolic link to a file in one directory. I would like to have that same link in another directory. How do I copy a symbolic link? I tried to cp the symbolic link but this copies the file ...
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rsync most recent x GB

I'm looking for a command/script to allow the most recently modified files (up to) 10GB be copied to another computer. So if there are 4 files 4 GB each, only 2 of them should be transferred by the ...
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Display what has been copied by `cp` (using `ksh`)

I'd like to get output showing what has been copied by cp. The only problem is how to do it when I cp many files at a time. For instance, cp ./sourceDir/* $destinationPath/.
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cp all files and subdirectories in a directory ksh

How can I do a cp to copy all files including all sub-directories in the current directory. I looked at the man page, but I can't figure out how to do it.
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KSH : cp only based on file size

I would like to write a small script copying from a directory A to directory B all the files with the .log extension. So in my directory A, I've : ls : a.log b.log c.log Here is the pseudo-code I ...
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Finding a specific file in several sub-directories

I've the following problem : I have to write something to copy a file contained in directory A. The file is unique, and has a specific extension (.jil). Only problem, directory A can contains a sub-...
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ACL defaults not being obeyed on copy over NFS

I have an Arch Linux box that has a folder from an Ubuntu server mounted via NFS. I've set up an Access Control List on the folder on the server such that any new files should have their permissions ...
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Trying to cp a path with spaces, fails when scripted but echoing and pasting succeeds? [closed]

I have a script that is trying to copy a directory from a path that includes backslash-escaped spaces and is stored in a string variable to a subdirectory of the working directory. When I run the ...
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How can a filesystem be copied exactly as is?

I have a file system for a device I am programming that I would like to make an exact copy of. Ideally I would like this copy to be identical to the folder that it was copied from. I have tried using ...
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What is the purpose of the 'install' command?

I've seen the install command used in a lot of Makefiles, and its existence and usage are kind of confusing. From the manpages, it seems like a knockoff of cp with less features, but I assume it ...
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cp -L vs. cp -H

Problem When copying files with cp -H or cp -L, I get the same results: $ ls -l fileA fileA -> fileB $ cp fileA somewhere/ -H $ ls -l somewhere/ fileA # fileA is a copy of fileB, only ...
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Why does copying from a script screw with my files?

I am at a loss here, trying to find out the reason why a shell script that is basically copying a couple of files and directories from one place to another will result in the content of two of the ...
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convert soft- to hardlinks with cp

The cp command's infopage offers on the option --preserve= the following: links Preserve in the destination files any links between corresponding source files. Note that with -L' ...
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cp --attributes-only documented but not working “now”?

PROBLEM: cp --attributes-only Source Target results in two files unchanged, where the attributes from Source should be copied to Target. Attempts to solve: As I have the 8.13 version of coreutils ...
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Copying large file causes excessive swap

On a mid-class CentOS 6.4/64 server with 32 GB RAM, 3 TB free disk space, operating as KVM hypervisor, I start copying a 200 GB file to a destination in the same local filesystem. In fact, this file ...
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Why not always use rsync?

I wanted to ask is there any reason not to use rsync for everything and abandon cp? I wasn't aware of rsync and now I don't know why cp is ever needed.
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How do I copy and paste seperately? [closed]

I know for the cp command you have to specify the source(s) and destination. But what if I have to copy say all folders under src folder, do some other operations, and then paste later on? In short, ...
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Shell-independent way to cp dotfiles from a folder to another [duplicate]

I have two existing directories : foo: directory with dotfiles in it foo2: empty directory I would like to have a solution to copy all dotfiles in foo to foo2. I would like a solution that is not ...
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Copy files with deleting suffix in name

How can be done coping files that have some suffix at the end, into same dir with the smallest command possible: Example have directory containing files: cassandra.yml.example database.yml.example ...
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cp or mv files to same directory they are already in when I am in another?

If I am in ~/blob and I have a file in ~/blob/a_long_directory_name/c/x.x I can type mv blob/a_long_directory_name/c/x.x blob/a_long_directory_name/even_more/y.y Is there any shortcut whereby I ...
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Why don't I see a file being copied right away with ls?

Is it due to the buffering in memory? I did cp /network/large_file . & and I kept doing ls -lh to monitor progress, but the file didn't appear until it was about 400MB. Linux 2.6 kernel, Bash 4, ...
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cp with a single argument containing wildcards [duplicate]

If I have the following 2 files and 1 folder: someuser@computer:~/Desktop/test$ ls -l total 340 -rw-r--r-- 1 someuser someuser 45082 ago 5 09:56 file1.pdf -rw-r--r-- 1 someuser someuser 291836 ago ...
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cp SOMEFILE .. copies to a different directory after cd'ing via a symbolic link

Consider the following setup: ~/Desktop/Public/subdir ~/Desktop/subdir --> ~/Desktop/Public/subdir (symbolic link) Now I do: cd ~/Desktop/subdir Which leads me into the linked directory. If ...
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What happens if a file is modified while you're copying it?

What is the effect of copying a file say fileA.big (900mb) from location B to locationC. If during that cp operation, say 35% through the process, fileA.big is appended with new information and grows ...
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file modified while doing scp/cp [duplicate]

I'm doing scp to a database while it's active. Its not very critical but I would like to know what will happen to a file when it is modified in the middle of a cp process? Does it get corrupted or it ...
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When wouldn't one want `cp` to be recursive?

Under what conditions might one wish to use the cp command on a directory yet have it not be recursive? Consider: $ tree . └── old └── inner └── a.txt 2 directories, 1 file $ cp old/...
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Can I forbid the creation of files with certain permissions?

I have a directory with a certain group ID, and I only want files with the same ID to be in that directory. So I set the SGID bit on that directory, so that everytime a file is created inside it, it ...
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Symlink Copy a Directory Non-recursively

So I want to symlink copy all the files and folders in one directory to another directory. When I use cp -s though without the -r option I get a bunch of "omitting directory" warnings, and I don't ...
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How can I make multiple copies of one folder without merging?

When two or more identically named folders are to be copied into or moved to the same location, the default option either in the GUI file manager, or using in a terminal cp -r --backup=numbered or ...
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cp or rsync, is cp really worth it?

I hope this does not count as a question without a real answer, as I can't seem to find a good reason to use cp(1) over rsync(1) in virtually all circumstances. Should one typically favour rsync over ...
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Back up logs to a new directory

I need help to write a script to copy log files. There are two format of logs: System_<date_timestamp>.log trace_<date_timestamp>.log New files are generated when trace log reaches ...
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What is causing this Copy command to enter sleep state?

I am trying to recursively copy a huge directory of installables over 25G and want to preserve the owner and group id, permission modes and so on. So I ran the below commands: bash-3.2$ date; cp -...
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exec cp failes from script, yet works when issued directly

I have a script that copies SQL backups to a windows server. Here's the line from /etc/fstab: //my.win.box/share$ /winshare cifs credentials=/etc/credfile,dom=mydomain,uid=0,gid=0,file_mode=...
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concatenating multiple files with multiple headers

Im trying to concatenate multiple files with multiple headers to have one file with all the information in it for example. File 1: Numbers 1 2 3 Letters A B C File 2: Numbers 4 5 6 Letters D E ...
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Why does this work: “cp image.bin /dev/mapper/loop0p1”?

Why does this work? cp image.bin /dev/mapper/loop0p1 image.bin is a partition image. I have tried it and works, but why? Shouldn't a dd be used?
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Can one copy a relpath in one command?

I find myself doing this often enough that I wonder if there's a standard Unix way to do it: % mkdir -p /TARGETDIR/relative/path/to % cp ./relative/path/to/somefile /TARGETDIR/relative/path/to In ...
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How rename directories tree entry by entry

I have text file contain two columns: current directory name the new name of the last entry d_7154/d_7161/ 'Main Integration' ...
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Minimal command to make a copy of a file [duplicate]

I often find myself copy-pasting long path in order to create a copy of a file cp /path/to/file/file1 /path/to/file/file1.bkp Is there an alternative utility that will NOT require me to type the ...
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Why do `cp` and `rm` treat directories separately?

Why do tools like cp and rm treat directories separately from regular files? They both require the user to explicitly specify she wants a recursive behavior, or else they won't deal with directories ...
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What happens when I copy a file from one network location to another

Suppose I have three networked computers: A, B and C. A mounts a directory from B and from C. A/mnt/im-on-B/ A/mnt/im-on-C/ A then copies a file: cp /mnt/im-on-B/file ../im-on-C/ What happens ...