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What is the meaning of -r and -R in copy command?

I read that they stand for recursively in the man page. However, I am not sure what their role is in the command. When I tried to copy some empty directory into another directory with, $ cp EMPDIR ...
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Recursively copying a folder to an empty subfolder

How to copy all the content of the folder /foo/bar, which contains the file /foo/bar/a to an empty subfolder /foo/bar/subfolder without ending up with the file /foo/bar/subfolder/subfolder/a. Doing cp ...
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Copying a source directory using the command cp -rsf when target directory exists

On Centos 7, when I use the command: cp -rsf /path/of/source /path/of/target When the target directory exists, files would go to /path/of/target/source. How can I avoid that? EDIT: source and ...
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cp behaves weirdly when . (dot) or .. (dot dot) are the source directory

This answer reveals that one can copy all files - including hidden ones - from directory src into directory dest like so: mkdir dest cp -r src/. dest There is no explanation in the answer or its ...
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How to copy “just files” recursively

Suppose I have this structure for folder0 and subfolders and files in it. folder0 subfolder01 file011 file012 subfolder02 file021 file01 file02 I ...
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Copying faster than cp?

I am currently copying a large number of directories and files recursively on the same disk using cp -r. Is there a way to do this more quickly? Would compressing the files first be better, or maybe ...
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Copy all files matching criteria on find command with -exec

Below are my attempts at copying all files except .out and .class files into a subdirectory titled homework21/. Note homework21 is a subdirectory of the folder in which I am working in. me@ice4:~/...
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How to copy a folder recursively in an idempotent way using cp?

When I use cp -R inputFolder outputFolder the result is context-dependent: if outputFolder does not exist, it will be created, and the cloned folder path will be outputFolder. if outputFolder ...
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copy recursively skipping directories with specific name

I have a directory with ~100 Gb. I need to copy this directory to other place skipping specific folders (there is a lot of them). The following is a wrong code to demonstrate my needs. $ cp -r ~/...
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How to I copy the directory and subfolders but ignore certain files in the subfolder?

I believe the question is best asked with an example. /home test1.txt test2.txt /home/my-folder test3.txt test4.txt test1.txt, test2.txt and my-folder folder are inside /home. ...
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not able to copy after login to remote server

Below is my code to copy one folder from one path to another path after login to remote server. Problem I am facing, once after login to remote server I am not able to copy the source directory to ...
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How to copy a directory recursively using hardlinks for each file

I want to create a "copy" of a directory tree where each file is a hardlink to the original file Example: I have a directory structure: dirA/ dirA/file1 dirA/x/ dirA/x/file2 dirA/y/ dirA/y/file3 ...
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Different sizes after copy [duplicate]

I would like to copy for backup porposes a Linux user home directory with several GBs of data and the usual configuration files. The source directory and the backup directory should exactly have the ...
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How to be certain “cp -n -r /dir/ /des/” does not overwrite files.. and is doing its job ? verbose mode?

I run the command cp -n -r /dir/ /backup/ but there is no way to tell what it is doing.. if it is skipping files that already exists.. if it is doing anything.. I tried adding -v option to it....
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Copy a folder and its content to all Nginx vhosts host

I am interested to know if a single command line that would allow me to recursively copy a folder to all of our NGINX Virtual Host htdocs folders: I need to copy that folder to all hosts located in ...
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Copying specific subfolders with directory structure to a new folder

I am having a the following directory structure: Main_Dir | ----------------------------------- Subdir1 Subdir2 Subdir3 | | ...
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clone root directory tree using busybox

I have an TI DaVinci-based (ARM architecture kin to OMAP) system which netboots using TFTP and NFS-mounted root filesystem, and am trying to make it boot standalone without a netboot server. The ...
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Find and copy directories containing file type

I have a directory "Movies" containing subdirectories "Movie Name". Each subdirectory "Movie Name" contains a movie file and related image/nfo files etc. I'm trying to copy all directories containing ...
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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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Difference between cp -r and cp -a

I'm looking for the difference between cp -r and cp -a. What does "recursive" mean in terms of copying files from a folder?
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Strange behaviour in recursive copy

Could someone explain why this happens? Most specifically: Why is one 1's content copied to f? And why is f copied to g? $ tree . 0 directories, 0 files $ mkdir 1 $ mkdir 2 $ touch 1/a $ touch ...
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recursively copy only images and preserve path

I'm working on a website migration. I have a scrape of the site, with all the files and directory structure as you would see them in the URL. I want to pull all images, maintaining the directory ...