best way to use cp?
mj001 at rogers.com
Sat Mar 25 23:43:42 UTC 2006
On Fri, 2006-03-24 at 12:38 -0600, Jonathan Horne wrote:
> ok, tell them dumb linux user how to properly copy directories recursivly,
> so he can stop overwritng directories with source files.
> ok seriously, tho, i think im doing it wrong. last night i blasted some
> directories, and when i looked at the destination of where i was supposed to
> be copying to, it was full of all kinds of junk that was supposed to be in
> the top level of the directories i was copying.
> example, i want to copy /mnt/usb1/path/oldfolder (the folded all its
> recursive contents) into /home/mydir
> im pretty sure i have the syntax wrong, so could someone enlighten me?
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cp -Rp /mnt/usb1/path/oldfolder/ /home/mydir/
Note the trailing slash on the source directory. For more information,
see "man cp". -R says to copy recursively down through directories, and
-p says to preserve permissions, dates and times etc.
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