Copy one or more files to another location
Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
cp [options]... Source Dest
cp [options]... Source... Directory
-a, --archive same as -dpR
-b, --backup make backup before removal
-d, --no-dereference preserve links
-f, --force remove existing destinations, never prompt
-i, --interactive prompt before overwrite
-l, --link link files instead of copying
-p, --preserve preserve file attributes if possible
-P, --parents append source path to DIRECTORY
-r copy recursively, non-directories as files
--sparse=WHEN control creation of sparse files
-R, --recursive copy directories recursively
-s, --symbolic-link make symbolic links instead of copying
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix
-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
-V, --version-control=WORD override the usual version control
-x, --one-file-system stay on this file system
--help display this help and exit
--version output version information and exit.Example - copy home directory to floppy
$ cp -f /mnt/floppy/* /home/simon
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 SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.
The version control may be set with VERSION_CONTROL, values are: t, numbered make numbered backups nil, existing numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise never, simple 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.
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