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I would like to cp the whole directory, however inside that directory, it has some files which I don't permission to cp over. Is there any flag I can use in this case. Or are there any other command I should consider ? I think there should be a smart way to do this, like combine other commands Any help is appreciated.

For example,

text1.txt text2.txt *text3 text4.txt* text5.txt

text3 is another directory, and text4 is a file. While both of them, I don't have permission to access or view for now.

but the rest of files (or directory) I have the permission to cp over. How can we cp the only files with permission?

  • Just ignore all the errors is fine – daisy Mar 27 '17 at 7:41
  • @daisy , Thank you. It works for the problem i try to solve. – Maxfield Mar 27 '17 at 19:08
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This seems simple, unless you're not providing all the information about what you're trying to achieve. Simply do

cp -r text* SOMEOTHERLOCATION

If you wanted to make it more complex, or if it's necessary (for some reason), you could do

find /some/directory/ -name '*text*' -user myusername -exec cp {} /some/other/directory/ \;
  • . Thank you. but I think your overkilled it. something to learn. – Maxfield Mar 27 '17 at 19:10

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