Copy file1 to file2, or copy one or more files to the same names under directory. If the destination is an existing file, the file is overwritten; if the destination is an existing directory, the file is copied into the directory (the directory is not overwritten).
Preserve attributes of original files where possible. The same as -dpR.
Back up files that would otherwise be overwritten.
Do not dereference symbolic links; preserve hard link relationships between source and copy.
Remove existing files in the destination.
Prompt before overwriting destination files.
Make hard links, not copies, of nondirectories.
Preserve all information, including owner, group, permissions, and timestamps.
Preserve intermediate directories in source. The last argument must be the name of an existing directory. For example, the command:
cp --parents jphekman/book/ch1 newdir
copies the file jphekman/book/ch1 to the file newdir/jphekman/book/ch1, creating intermediate directories as necessary.
Copy directories recursively.
Set suffix to be appended to backup files. This may also be set with the SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX environment variable. The default is ~. You need to explicitly include a period if you want one before the suffix (for example, specify ...