cp - Command-line tool to copy a file

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to copy a list of files and adjust destination filenames on the fly?

When I don't need to adjust destination filenames I can do something like this: $ find -type f -name '*.pat' -print0 | xargs -O cp -t /path/to/dest It is safe because the filenames may even ...
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Killed `rm` and `cp` on nfs share

I am just testing an rsnapshot installation on my laptop which should backup to a NAS mounted via nfs on my laptop. On one test rsnapshot died with a cp -al problem (i.e. a problem with hard links) ...
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Shell : Сopy one directory to multiple directories

There is a directory YYY and a structure on the site: site1.ru/wp-content/plugins/ site2.ru/wp-content/plugins/ ... site10.ru/wp-content/plugins/ Task: YYY directory to copy all directories plugins ...
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How to cp or rm files based on ownership / permission

After a problem with spam, I stopped postfix postfix stop and checked through the mailq manually to find hundreds of thousands of unsent spam. The spam was sent from one of the sites hosted ...
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Is there a way to express: `--link` or fall back to ordinary copy in cp (from GNU coreutils)?

Is there a way to tell cp to --link (i.e. create hard links), but fall back in the case where I am attempting inter-device hardlinks? Inter-device links aren't possible and would cause cp to fail. ...
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Use find + sed + cp to find files and copy them to a directory with a different name

I'm trying to copy a bunch of files named folder.jpg into a folder. The problem is because all the files are named the same thing, I need to rename them in the process. I know I can probably do it ...
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How can I copy a git repo from a Makefile?

I'm writing a Makefile to sync my local dotfiles with GitHub. I recently decided to also add my .vim folder to the repo. But when trying to copy the .vim folder I keep getting a Permission denied ...
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Move files replacing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ‘mv’ equivalent of drag and drop with replace? I'd like to take a folder /a/b/c, and copy all files in /a/b/x into /a/b/c, replacing all files in /a/b/c with the ones in ...
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How to copy symbolic links while preserving the validity of the link?

Say under directory /usr/local/boost_1_52_0/stage/lib, I have a symbolic link: libboost_timer.so, which points to the regular file libboost_timer.so.1.52.0 in the same directory. How can I cp the ...
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cp file device:directory on Minix

In my operating systems class we had to modify the boot screen of the Minix OS. I understood just about everything we did, but at the end of the make for compiling the new OS, there's a line: cp ...
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How to copy every 4th file in a folder

I have a lot of files in a folder, named like 00802_Bla_Aquarium_XXXXX.jpg. Now I need to copy every 4th file to a subfolder, saying in selected/. 00802_Bla_Aquarium_00020.jpg <= this one ...
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tar files from another directory without copying them

This should be very simple for experts in here. I have a Linux account with user disk quota of only 6GB. There is some data-folder in /opt with about 3GB of data with when compressed comes up 1GB. ...
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Copying only differences?

I want to recursively copy one directory over another, however I only want to copy differences. The reason is that I'm doing this on Solaris on a volume which is snapshot, i.e. if I'm copying 100gig ...
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Unix cp wildcard with directory structure [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I copy a subset of files from a directory while preserving the folder structure? I have a bunch of directories like this: /Artists/Example Name ...
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How to avoid cp -r ~/some/folder/ . copying all files to the current folder's top level?

(Update: this happens on Mac OS X -- I am using Mountain Lion.) It sometimes happen that I use the tab key to complete the path, so my command may be: cp -r ~/some/folder/ . but it turns out that ...
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How do I cp the folder, not just the folder content?

Let's say I have folder structure like this: /parentFolder/ folder1/ folder1.1/ file1 folder2/ file2 How do I copy folder2 inside folder1.1 so that file2 is also in ...
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Make cp return an error value if the target exists

Is there a way to make cp (from GNU coreutils on Linux) return a nonzero value in case the target file does already exist? Or is there any other small utility which is commonly available and which ...
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Copy multiple files to one dir with parallel

I'm using the following script to copy multiple files into one folder: { echo $BASE1; echo $BASE2; echo $BASE3; } | parallel cp -a {} $DEST Is there any way to use only one echo $BASE with brace ...
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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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Copy files with permission 200

I want to recursively copy a directory, preserving file attributes, which contains a directory tree including some files that have permission 200 (i.e. --w-------). The copy command cp -ar ...
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How does “cp” handle open files?

I'm having two separate directories. The user loads a file into the first. Theres a cronjob running in the background which copies the files every 5 minutes over to the second directory. What happens ...
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copying device nodes

I'm trying to transfer a working Linux installation to a new larger disk, so I've attached the new disk on a USB port, partitioned it and created filesystems. While copying all the files over I hit a ...
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Symbolic links with ls, mv: forcing the functions to utilize “logical” addresses (remembering the original path)

It seems that for many basic functions operating on symbolic links, the physical path is used by default. However, cd works fine. When moving into a symbolic link, cd remembers where I came from so it ...
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Copying a single file to multiple directories using cp

This question is a sequel of sorts to my earlier question, Creating numerous directories using mkdir. I am using the bash shell. I have created fifty directories, each starting with the prefix "s", ...
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How to copy a piped list of files contained spaces and apostrophes?

I have a list of files generated using find that I want to feed (pipe) to cp. My problem is that the files have spaces and apostrophes in them, leading cp to repeatedly complain that it "cannot stat". ...
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Move some files on every dir to a different dir [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move files by type recursively from a directory and its sub-directories to another directory? I'm quite new to Linux and specially to the shell and all of its ...
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copying multiple files to multiple directories

I've a problem copying many files in different directories. Let me explain better: Let's say I have the following in a dir: $ ls file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 dir1 dir2 dir3 and I want to copy ...
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Switching source and destination (or undoing the mv, cp operation)

mv or cp commands both expect source and destination as arguments. In case you want to undo the change you made, or just change the source and destination you supplied before, what is the quickest ...
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How to copy a file and move it to a location using unix

I need a file to stay in the same location but also move it to a different location. What am I doing wrong? cp RubyTest.sublime-settings \ ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime\ Text\ ...
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debian dead when copy over 1GB

I have a Debian Squeeze system with an AMD64 processor. When I try copy over 1 GB, the computer dies (no reboot, completely down), and the logs don't contain anything useful. The temperature of the ...
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What happens if a cron script tries to copy a directory at the same time as another process is writing to it?

For example, if I have a java process that (once every 2 hours) takes a backup of a large file, like 500mb, and places it into folder A on HDD A, and I want to schedule a cron script to copy the ...