[PATCH] adding two new options to 'cp'

Ivan Voras ivoras at fer.hr
Mon Jul 31 22:07:17 UTC 2006

Rick C. Petty wrote:

> think that more BSD admins are so used to typing "cp -pR" than "cp -a".  In

Ah, but therein lies one of the points - Percentage of "BSD admins" vs 
"other-unix-like-systems admins" is slowly but steadily diminishing. In 
my (I'll admit - not so expansive) experience BSD admins tend to be 
older people who stick with what they know will work - vast majority of 
younger admins I know either personally or on the 'net generally know 
only Linux.

Using common options help bring people over, and also saves trouble with 
porting shell script code :)

> then save "-a" for something like ACLs.  Does cp(1) properly handle ACLs
> now anyway?

It's a good point. I don't know if it works but ACLs should probably be 
handled by -p.

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