*nix Documentation Project
·  Home
 +   man pages
·  Linux HOWTOs
·  FreeBSD Tips
·  *niX Forums

  man pages->Linux man pages -> cp (1)              



NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       cp - copy files and directories

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

       -a, --archive
	      same as -dpR

	      make a backup of each existing destination file

       -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument

       -d, --no-dereference
	      never follow symbolic links

       -f, --force
	      if  an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and
	      try again

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt before overwrite

       -H     follow command-line symbolic links

       -l, --link
	      link files instead of copying

       -L, --dereference
	      always follow symbolic links

       -p, --preserve
	      preserve file attributes if possible

	      append source path to DIRECTORY

       -P     same as `--parents' for now; soon to  change  to	`--no-dereference'
 to conform to POSIX

       -r     copy  recursively,  non-directories  as  files  WARNING:	use -R
	      instead  when  you  might  copy  special	files  like  FIFOs  or

	      remove  each existing destination file before attempting to open
	      it (contrast with --force)

	      control creation of sparse files

       -R, --recursive
	      copy directories recursively

       --strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE

       -s, --symbolic-link
	      make symbolic links instead of copying

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup suffix

	      move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

       -u, --update
	      copy only when the SOURCE file is  newer	than  the  destination
	      file or when the destination file is missing

       -v, --verbose
	      explain what is being done

       -x, --one-file-system
	      stay on this file system

       --help display this help and exit

	      output version information and exit

       By  default,  sparse SOURCE files are detected by a crude heuristic and
       the corresponding DEST file is made sparse as well.  That is the behavior
  selected  by  --sparse=auto.   Specify --sparse=always to create a
       sparse DEST file whenever  the  SOURCE  file  contains  a  long	enough
       sequence  of  zero  bytes.   Use  --sparse=never to inhibit creation of
       sparse files.

       The  backup  suffix  is	`~',  unless  set  with   --suffix   or   SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.
   The version control method may be selected via the
       --backup option or through the  VERSION_CONTROL	environment  variable.
       Here are the values:

       none, off
	      never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

       As  a  special  case,  cp  makes  a backup of SOURCE when the force and
       backup options are given and SOURCE and DEST are the same name  for  an
       existing, regular file.

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Written by Torbjorn Granlund, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Report bugs to <bug-fileutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT    [Toc]    [Back]

       Copyright (C) 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR  A  PARTICULAR

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       The  full  documentation  for cp is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info and cp programs are properly installed at your site, the  command

	      info cp

       should give you access to the complete manual.

cp (fileutils) 4.1		  March 2002				 CP(1)
[ Back ]
 Similar pages
Name OS Title
rm Linux remove files or directories
rm HP-UX remove files or directories
dosrm HP-UX remove DOS files or directories
install IRIX install files in directories
dosrmdir HP-UX remove DOS files or directories
rm IRIX remove files or directories
chown Tru64 Changes the owner of files or directories
ln HP-UX link files and directories
mv Tru64 Moves files and directories
mv HP-UX move or rename files and directories
Copyright © 2004-2005 DeniX Solutions SRL
newsletter delivery service