[PATCH] adding two new options to 'cp'

Eric Anderson anderson at centtech.com
Mon Jul 31 18:53:11 UTC 2006

On 07/31/06 13:44, Rick C. Petty wrote:
> 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.

I never once said our cp should be equivalent.  I just provided a patch 
that added 2 simple arguments, not the other 10 (or whatever the number is).

> "-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)??

I don't know, and I'm not (obviously) the one to make those decisions.

> "-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,
> etc.
>> 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.

I'm just a FreeBSD user, so what do I know?  I'll just do as others have 
kindly suggested, and keep my patches to my local servers/systems.


Eric Anderson        Sr. Systems Administrator        Centaur Technology
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