minor `cp -R` question
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Wed Dec 24 18:05:28 PST 2003
Tom McLaughlin <tmclaugh at sdf.lonestar.org> writes:
> Hi, I have a quick question about the cp command and recursively copying
> a directory. If I type:
> $ cp -R /foo/file/ ~/
> I get in my home directory a file called "file". If I type:
> $ cp -R /foo/file ~/
> I get in my home directory a directory called "foo" and a file called
> "file". Can someone explain why the trailing slash cp to behave
> My user shell is pdksh and the root shell is csh. I have pdksh set to
> use "complete-list" and csh to use "autolist". Is this behavior just
> something unique to FreeBSD? I tried the same on my OpenBSD box and the
> two commands worked the same and created a directory with a file in it.
> I also don't remember these working differently on linux. Do I possibly
> have something setup wrong with my shells? Thanks.
I can't reproduce this under any shell, including pdksh.
I'm running -STABLE (and have the pdksh port) as of last Sunday.
Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area:
resume/CV at http://be-well.ilk.org:8088/~lowell/resume/
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