So if I need to preserve the permissions/user/group infos of files then I can copy them with "cp -p foo fooo". But are there any "preserving" options in scp? When copying between servers.

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    I can't speak for others, but I suspect the downvotes are because this information is easily found by using man, which should be the first source of information when wanting to know more about a utility. I would encourage people not to downvote a question for that reason. See the discussion here: meta.unix.stackexchange.com/questions/203/… – Shawn J. Goff Oct 29 '11 at 20:49
  • ty, but where can you see this in the "man"? -->> "preserve the permissions/user/group" ? – LanceBaynes Oct 30 '11 at 9:05

From my experience I can say that scp -pdoes NOT work as expected.

I use rsync -e ssh -aHS SOURCE TARGET instead, This will retain almost all attributes - only the creation time of soft links will change to the current time.

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    Really? It generally works just fine for me. How exactly does not not work for you, and on what system(s)? – Keith Thompson Oct 29 '11 at 22:27
  • @KeithThompson Sorry for the late answer to your comment. I have this problem (soft-link-time) on CentOS 5.8 and SLES10 SP4. I found no system call that is able to change the time of a soft-link (on these systems) - perhaps that is the source of the problem. – Nils Jun 10 '12 at 21:05

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