I have a symbolic link to a file in one directory. I would like to have that same link in another directory. How do I copy a symbolic link?
I tried to cp the symbolic link but this copies the file it points to instead of the symbolic link itself.
cp -P (capital P) to never traverse any symbolic link and copy the symbolic link instead.
This can be combined with other options such as
-R to copy a directory hierarchy —
cp -RL traverses all symbolic links to directories,
cp -RP copies all symbolic links as such.
cp -R might do one or the other depending on the unix variants; GNU
cp (as found on CentOS) defaults to
-P, you can copy the target of a symbolic link to a directory on the command line by adding a
/ at the end:
cp -RP foo/ bar copies the directory tree that
foo points to.
cp has a convenient
-a option that combines
-p and a little more. It makes an exact copy of the source (as far as possible), preserving the directory hierarchy, symbolic links, permissions, modification times and other metadata.
Check this answer https://superuser.com/a/315757/53590 for a specifically CentOS take on the problem. The whole question might help you but the bit at the bottom is specifically CentOS.