[PATCH] adding two new options to 'cp'

John Baldwin jhb at freebsd.org
Mon Jul 31 21:17:42 UTC 2006

On Monday 31 July 2006 14:53, Mike Meyer wrote:
> Which points up an obvious question: other than compatibility with
> Linux, is there any reason this functionaly shouldn't be added to the
> ln command instead?

Umm, because ln doesn't copy hierarchies?  Using that argument we'd remove 
support for hard-links from tar and cpio.  I think cp -a is harmless (just as 
I use rsync -a all the time rather than rsync -rlptgoD) and cp -l is probably 
useful.  Really, it is more intuitive to be able to copy a hierarchy using 
the 'copy' command (cp) directly rather than a convoluted pair of find | 
cpio.  In this case I think you might be overly paranoid. :)

John Baldwin

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