A request for cp flag
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Mon Oct 17 16:15:45 UTC 2016
On Monday, 17. Oct 2016, 15:59:10 +0100, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 2016/10/17 15:50, Manish Jain wrote:
> > I occasionally face a problem while copying contents with cp. The -R
> > flag of cp takes the source name as this : If the source_file ends in a
> > /, the contents of the directory are copied rather than the directory
> > itself.
> > Could it considered a valid request that an extra flag (perhaps -r) be
> > implemented that does the reverse : copy out src rather than src/* ?
> You're not going to get anyone to change the behaviour of a core command
> like cp(1) I'm afraid. For all that you dislike the behaviour when
> copying a directory path that ends in '/' there will be many, many more
> people that have written scripts that depend on that exact behaviour and
> will be exceedingly peeved if those scripts stop working.
Further there are many other programs that behave the same
way (e. g. rsync here).
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