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Why use install rather cp and mkdir?

I've seen in many places used install -d to create directories and install -c to copy a file. Why not use mkdir and cp? Is there an advantage in using install?
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Copying and renaming files to a single directory by a single shell script

I have multiple files with an example of how they look like shown below. -rw-r--r-- 1 my_user users 12 Dec 13 09:56 Example_30_001_20130913175000.DAT -rw-r--r-- 1 my_user ...
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How to ignore files if there is an similar file with the same size?

I want to list the files in a directory, using ls. Typically, the files in that directory have the same name (except for the extension - one has extension .rej, one has .failed) . If a pair of files ...
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How do you compare two folders and copy the difference to a third folder?

You've got three folders: folder current, which contains your current files folder old, which contains an older version of the same files folder difference, which is just an empty folder How do ...
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Replicate a directory and file names n times

I have folder which has some data (files) in that with the name 201311261418 And a file 201311261418.eob In my scenario I need to replicate this folder and file names n times with the appended ...
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cp --backup=numbered for folders

To backup existing files with number suffixes, I can do the following: cp --backup=numbered afile /path/to/dest But this does not apply when I try to do the same with a folder: cp -R ...
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Copying specific subfolders with directory structure to a new folder

I am having a the following directory structure: Main_Dir | ----------------------------------- Subdir1 Subdir2 Subdir3 | | ...
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How to copy a very large video file with error in it?

I have a very large video file on a USB external HDD. It is about 13GB. I can play the video directly, and it seems there's no problem. But if I try to copy the file to other places, I got a strange ...
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How to copy multiple files but keep their extensions the same?

I am looping through a number of files, and $file represents the current file. How can I make copies or renames and keep the extension the same for this current file? e.g. if $file = x.jpg How to ...
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Can i transfer files using ssh?

I am using PuTTY on Windows 7 to ssh to my school computer lab. Can I transfer files from my windows machine to my user on the school machines using ssh?
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“Out of Memory” error while copying large files with pcmanfm

This is an older machine running a Debian-based distro with lxde and pcmanfm used as file manager. pcmanfm normally runs quite well, except when it comes to copying very large files (e. g. *.VOBs from ...
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Importing files from Windows to Linux [closed]

I would like to copy a CSV file from a Windows environment to a Linux environment. Both environments communicate through a terminal emulator called SecureCrt.
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Copying to an external NTFS partition: slows down when I copy many files at once

I have made my peace with the fact that NTFS(-3g) on Linux will be slower than NTFS performance on Windows. I can write to my external NTFS-formatted USB 3.0 HDD at about 100+ MB/s on Windows while I ...
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Do any archive utilities exist that can preserve the date created file attribute on NTFS-3G?

I tried the -X switch on zip, but that did not save the date created attribute. I can get it using this method. When a file is added to a zip archive using 7-Zip, it preserves the date created and ...
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How do I recursively set the date created attribute to the date modified attribute on NTFS-3G?

In my first question, I asked how to get the "Date created" field in NTFS-3G. Now, that I know I can get the "Date created", I have started adding files onto my NTFS-3G partition and would like to set ...
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How to download the latest file in a folder using a scp?

I'd like to run an scp transfer to download the latest (newest) file in a certain directory to my local directory. Something like this: source: root@rimmer.sk:/home/rimmer/backups/ destination: ...
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Bash command that uses wildcard in place of folder to copy folder contents of multiple files into one directory?

I have a directory ~/dir that contains a bunch of random folders like: ~/dir/av 801 and ~/dir/lm 320. I want to copy the contents of every inner folder (ie: av 801) into a different directory. The ...
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Copy file from cifs mount when a file is changed

I have a windows XP machine, and on this i'm running a weather station. The software updates several files in a folder. This folder is mounted via samba on the webserver(debian) I wan't to monitor ...
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Contiguous copy – How do I copy files contiguously?

I want to copy a number of files onto a flash drive such that each individual file is contiguous. They do not need to be contiguous with each other, and can be in any order. The files will be very ...
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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 multiple files into one (append, merge) in single invocation without shell redirection?

I'm looking for some sort of a command that I can use, to copy/append multiple files into one; but without shell redirection (I'd like to try it in call_usermodehelper, see similar issue in ...
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How to copy data from Linux Server to Windows Server

I need to copy from Linux server to Windows. To copy between Linux servers we can use multiple options like scp, or rsync but how to copy data if I have to copy on windows Server from Linux Server. ...
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How to move a directory, file by file? (instead of “copy then remove”)

My computer has one 500GB drive. I want to move 400GB of data from /unencrypted to /encrypted. Both directories are on the same partition, but /encrypted is handled by ecryptfs, so mv /uncrypted/* ...
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What filesystem should be used when transfering files between Linux systems?

I often need to move files between two Linux computers via USB. I use gparted to format the USBs. When I formatted the USB to use FAT32, the USB was unable to copy symlinks, so I had to recreate the ...
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How to clone a read-only portion of /proc file system

The problem with reading /proc file system is that it is not atomic. I tried using a library (procfs in Python) that wishes to read it, but it has glitches about 5% of the time because the process ...
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Modifying zsh globbing patterns to use with cp

I'm trying to write a script to copy files recursively from a particular folder except files A.extn, B/*.extn and C/* where B and C are directories and extn is just some generic extension. This is ...
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Copyed mysql files from previous system now error while connect, what to do?

Fist of all I have the files but the old system is gone. I took the folders in /var/lib/mysql/ and gave then the permissions the mysql folder that was in there had. user mysql group root only ...
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USB copy hangs for a while when reach the 100%

When I copy files of a considerable size (for example right now one of 689MB) to a USB stick, the copy hangs at 100% for 5 min or more. I have tried both Nautilus and rsync --progress. With the ...
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SELinux: Can I disable copying of certain files?

Please excuse me if this is too basic and you're tempted to throw an RTFM at me. I want to prevent users from copying certain files while granting them read access to the same files. I thought this ...
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How do I disable copy permissions?

Can we set permissions, on a Linux box OR for a particular directory (Scientific Linux in my case) that, one can read files but cannot copy, move or delete them? Update: My Scenario is, We developed ...
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faster alternative to cp -a

For a simple transfer of /home to another disk i use cp -a that seems to me an extremely slow way. Should like know a more efficient way to complete the task. I have /home mounted as logical volume, ...
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Find Directory and copy another directory to found directory?

I'm attempting to find a directory A that could be in a variable location and copy another directory B into the found directory. So, I'd like to find directory A, and copy Directory B into Directory ...
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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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Using .. and . to copy files from dirctories

I'm trying to copy a file from the home directory to the current directory( which is a subdirectory of a directory in home) using .. and . instead of path names or ~ This is what I tried, but it ...
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rsync all directories that start with a specific digit

I have directory loaded with thousands of sub directories: /home/tmp/ 1 12 123 1234 2345 234 3456 345 34 ...
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how to copy files from windows to linux witout password using a script or program?

I did this to copy files between Windows and Linux. C:\Documents and Settings\668340\My Documents\putty>pscp "C:\Documents and Settings\563456\abc.txt" "auto_root@10.39.5.41:/home/auto/" But it ...
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Copy file from Windows shared folder to Unix

I am totally new to Unix. I am writting a script which will copy files from a Windows shared folder to Unix. In Windows, when I type \\Servername.com\testfolder in Run command I am able to see ...
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How to copy a partition over network

I want to copy a Windows 7 partition that came installed on my laptop to my desktop computer. I've tried: # bzip2 -c /dev/sda5 | nc 192.168.1.1 2222 # on laptop # nc -l 2222 | bzip2 -d > ...
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How can I automate the process of copying files from one folder to another in Centos

I have a statistical application which runs every minute and creates charts accordingly. In order to make these charts available to other users, I need to copy the whole folder containing the charts ...
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read only access to all files in a specific sub-folder

I have got a specific folder located in "/home/.../reboot/". I have a series of users that require read-only access to the ever changing files within. My problem is that the same users are not ...
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Finding corrupted files

I have a directory that have zillions of files. As soon as I try to copy this directory, I receive a message that a file could not be copied (corrupt ?) and the copy stops. Is there any command I ...
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Advanced file filtering

I have 3 distinct folders: history, inbox, backup. I need to copy all the files from 'history' to 'inbox', only if they are not present in 'backup'. How to do this?
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RPM skipping files on install

I am installing an rpm package and it appears to be skipping certain files without giving me any notice as to what the issue is. When I execute rpm -ivh package_name.rpm the rpm provides me with ...
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Copying a directory to multiple users home dir and changing user/group ownership

On my Ubuntu server there are about 150 shell accounts. All usernames begin with the prefix u12.. I have root access and I am trying to copy a directory named "somefiles" to all the home directories. ...
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Creating the first backup

I heard that rsync isn't the best one when creating the first backup in terms of performance. Instead it is the best for the later backups. So I wonder what are some better commands for creating the ...
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Fast way to copy a large file on a LAN

I am having some trouble with NFS, and I'd like to try using just plain old TCP. I have no idea where to begin, though. Hardware-wise, I am using an ethernet crossover cable to network two netbooks. ...
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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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Copying files between users Using Telnet

How to copy a file from home directory User A to home directory of User B using telnet.
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How to make duplicates with different names from a single file? [closed]

I want to duplicate the contents of a file. Suppose there is a file named "Hydrogen.element". I want to duplicate the contents of this file with a different name ie.make another file named ...
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Interesting Secure Copy Behavior

I'm not entirely sure where to ask this question, so if this is not the right place just let me know and I'll move it. Today I was trying to using recursive scp to copy a directory between two Linux ...