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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Copying Files Using cp

To copy files, we could use the cp command. The general format of the command when used for simple copying is as follows:

matthew@seymour:~$ cp -a source_directory target_directory

The -a argument is the same as giving -dpR, which would be

-d—Preserves symbolic links (by not dereferencing them) and copies the files that they point to instead of copying the links.

-p—Preserves all file attributes if possible. (File ownership might interfere.)

-R—Copies directories recursively.

The cp command can also be used to quickly replicate directories and retain permissions by using the -avR command-line options. Using these options preserves file and directory permissions, gives verbose output, and recursively copies and re-creates ...

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