I'm inept at understanding the manual apparently. I read 'sudo cp -arxpf...'

Can someone please explain to an idiot (me) what the -arxpf options do in the copying?

Thanks in advance,


  • explain shell explain it all : explainshell.com/explain?cmd=cp+-arxpf+from+to (obviously r and p are redundant with a)
    – Archemar
    Oct 26, 2020 at 9:51
  • Start with man cp and for now just treat sudo as meaning do this without regard to the limitation of my account's permissions Oct 26, 2020 at 9:59
  • That's very handy thank you both! However, I still don't get 'x'...when would you not be on the file system?
    – 1toneboy
    Oct 26, 2020 at 10:15
  • it does not say stay on the file system ... read it again
    – jsotola
    Oct 26, 2020 at 10:26


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