Small patch to add -a to cp

Henrik Brix Andersen brix at
Mon Feb 11 23:01:19 UTC 2008

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 04:47:44PM -0500, David Frascone wrote:
> This small patch adds the -a (archive) flag to cp.  Personally, I use cp -a
> all the time, and I miss it on BSD.  This makes cp share the common -a flag
> with rsync and other file manipulation utilities.

I, for one, would welcome this addition - I often find myself typing
'cp -a' only to get an error message and then find myself having to
look up the correct combination of arguments to achieve the intended

Henrik Brix Andersen <brix at>
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