[PATCH] adding two new options to 'cp'

Rick C. Petty rick-freebsd at kiwi-computer.com
Mon Jul 31 18:44:57 UTC 2006

On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 12:42:02PM -0500, Eric Anderson wrote:
> On 07/31/06 12:28, Rick C. Petty wrote:
> >
> >In both cases, why don't you just use:
> >
> >/usr/compat/linux/bin/cp
> Two reasons - it's not in the base system, so a port has to be installed 
> - and linux_base is FC3 now, so if you want to talk about bloat... 

And the "-l" option is needed in single-user mode?  I like not having extra
bloat around when I don't even have /usr mounted and am trying to fix a
disk or misconfiguration.  I'm just arguing the usefulness of having it in
the base system vs. using linux_base.  The argument that our cp should be
equivalent to gcp seems silly to me.

"-l" may be a useful option, but at what point is the line drawn between
bloating our base cp and having a gcp port (or using linux_base)??

"-a" certainly is useless.  An alias is far more useful-- even for things
in /bin !  I certainly cp and mv mapped to "cp -i" and "mv -i"..  one could
also argue that the our base versions of these use this option by default.
Personally, I prefer to do a post-install patch to add these aliases to
/etc/csh.cshrc (actually on my systems: /etc/csh.aliases) and /etc/profile,

> Another reason is gcp fails to recursively copy a directory that has 
> symlinks in it.

That sounds like a bug or at least an oversight.

-- Rick C. Petty

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