Patch for cp(1)

Bruce Evans bde at
Fri Apr 1 08:16:50 PST 2005

On Fri, 1 Apr 2005, Garrett Wollman wrote:

> <<On Fri, 1 Apr 2005 20:43:02 +1000 (EST), Bruce Evans <bde at> said:
> [cp -r]
>> I think we don't need to keep it except for POSIX compatibility.
>> New programs just shouldn't use cp -r.  Old programs that use cp -r
>> shouldn't have its behaviour changed.
> I'm more concerned about humans.

Removing the option is best for humans.

-r is the same as -R under Linux (linux_base_8), and it isn't even deprecated
in cp --help at least, so it won't go away, and fingers will be trained to
use it in preference to -R, for at least another 20 years.

This reminds me that I rarely actually use cp -R, since it is too broken
to use -- it snaps hard links, unlike Linux cp.


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