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In Android shell (also a linux distro), I want to copy a whole folder to a different folder without specifying the folder name. For example:

cp -R /storage/emulated/0/.Data /storage/emulated/0/backup

After this command, my backup folder should contain the .Data folder and all of it's content. But when I run to run this, only the content of .Data is copied directly to the backup folder (without the .Data parent folder) , that's not what I want.

There is another method, but this is not a generic method so I don't want to apply it:

cp -R /storage/emulated/0/.Data /storage/emulated/0/backup/.Data

Can you please show me how to copy the whole directory without specifying in detail the destination name the folder should have?

closed as off-topic by Gilles, Satō Katsura, countermode, thrig, Anthony Geoghegan Mar 7 '17 at 10:52

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about how Android differs from a Unix system (a Linux cp command would not behave this way). Besides this question can't be answered without knowing the version of Android. – Gilles Mar 6 '17 at 1:38
  • Does that version of cp have no equivalent to GNU's -t option? – Toby Speight Mar 6 '17 at 15:33

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