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  • CP Command: How to copy files/folder in Linux?

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    Hello All,

    In order to copy files and folders in Linux one need to execute €˜CP€™ command. Below mentioned is syntax, options to execute commands and example for the command:

    Syntax:

    cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
    cp [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
    cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...

    Options:
    -a, --archive same as -dpR
    --backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file
    -b like --backup but does not accept an argument
    --copy-contents copy contents of special files when recursive
    -d same as --no-dereference --preserve=link
    --no-dereference never follow symbolic links
    -f, --force if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again
    -i, --interactive prompt before overwrite
    -H follow command-line symbolic links
    -l, --link link files instead of copying
    -L, --dereference always follow symbolic links
    -p same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps
    --preserve[=ATTR_LIST] preserve the specified attributes (default: mode,ownership,timestamps), if possible additional attributes: links,
    all
    --no-preserve=ATTR_LIST don't preserve the specified attributes
    --parents append source path to DIRECTORY
    -P same as '--no-dereference'
    -R, -r, --recursive copy directories recursively
    --remove-destination remove each existing destination file before attempting to open it (contrast with --force)
    --reply={yes,no,query} specify how to handle the prompt about an existing destination file
    --sparse=WHEN control creation of sparse files
    --strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument
    -s, --symbolic-link make symbolic links instead of copying
    -S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix
    --target-directory=DIRECTORY move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
    -u, --update copy only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing
    -v, --verbose explain what is being done
    -x, --one-file-system stay on this file system

    Examples:

    cp shane.html shane

    It will copy shane.html in the current directory to the shane directory.

    cp /home/public_html/shane.html /home/public_html/backup/shane_bak.html

    It will copy the shane.html file in the public_html directory into the public_html/backup directory as shane_bak.html. The files are identical however but they have different names.

    cp *.txt text

    It will copy all files ending in .txt into the text directory.

    Thanks,

    Shane G.
    AccuWebHosting.Com
    Last edited by admin; 07-29-2015, 10:29 AM.
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