cp is the command of the Unix operating system that is used to copy files.

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GNU tar and condensed sparse files

My version of tar doesn't appear to be able to make non-sparse files sparse, though cp does. Are some tar implementations capable of this? (This answer suggests that they may be.) $ dd if=/dev/zero ...
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cp: cannot stat error - when filename has Asian characters

I am simply trying to copy files using cp -r /home/user/source/ /home/user/destination/ but it throws me the cp: cannot stat /source/filename.xxx error for some of the files. When I searched for this ...
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Linux Bash: Moving/Copying files/directories by timestamp

This is the command I am using: find absolute-path -name "*" -amin -120 -exec cp -f absolute-destination {} \; I’m trying to copy a lot of directories from a directory to another directory, but ...
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how to update a directory that is a mirror of another one (with hard-links)?

I like using cp -rl dir1 dir2 to make a recursive copy of dir1 into dir2 (using hard links to save storage, and usually followed by rsync to make progressive backups). The issue is that, if dir2 ...
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In Linux copy file and overwrite only if target is older [duplicate]

How in Linux using cp one can copy file to destination, but if destination exists, then overwrite only if destination is older than source? cp -f always overwrites, but overwrite is needed only if ...
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Copy sequential files into sequential directories

I need to copy multiple, sequential files into sequential directories. The files have the julian date (day of year) with other info in the file name. The directories are listed by julian date (day of ...
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How to cp multiple file extensions?

How do I cp multiple file extensions, like png, jpg and tif files? I tried: $cp ./*.(jpg|png|tif) ../output/ >bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(` $cp ./01_reliefs/*.\(jpg\|png\|tif\) ...
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Wildcard not working in cp command when using exec

I want to copy all the files in all the directories to the parent directory, but I get the error ./img/* is not a directory For example. Here is the command that I used. Is there a better way to do ...
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cp file in /dev/sdc, now drive isn't readable

So I was trying to instal Arch on my Laptop, and I wanted to copy boot.efi into my usb. cp boot.efi /dev/sdc cp boot.efi /dev/sdc1 cp boot.efi /dev/sdc2 and now its not being read. How can I fix my ...
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Mac mv command very slow

On my mac cp command works 9 times faster then mv. Why it is possible? Mac-Pro-AVM-4:2014-10-22 editor$ time cp /Volumes/AVM4_HD5/INGEST/Final\ Cut\ Original\ Media/2014-10-22/Clip\ \#13.mov ...
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cp: cannot stat : No such file or directory

I am getting an error when I try to copy a file from my local computer to a remote server. I get the same error whether I use cp or scp. Here is my input at the resulting error: ...
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Copying files without losing metadata in Linux

How on Linux can I copy things like music files with “Artist” and “Title” tags without losing the tags? Will rsync work? Will cp? Does either one need any specific switch?
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Why is -r recursive necessary when copying a directory in Linux?

My question is why is it required to use the -r (recursive) flag when making a copy of a directory? I.e., why do this: $ cp -r dir1 copyDir1 When would I not want this behavior when copying a ...
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Is cp -au / cp --archive --update contradictory?

I want to update a directory on a backup disk with new content added to the source, and of course rsync is too slow. cp -a does the trick but is a bulldozer; cp -u should leave existing files alone. ...
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cp: fts_open: No such file or directory / Why?

I have following bash script: #!/bin/bash echo "This script will copy all JPG files inside directory '~/temp/merged':"; pwd; read -r -p "Please confirm, that you want to copy all JPG files [y/N]" ...
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How to make a copy of file in the same directory

This creates a file in the same directy as 'some.file.bak'. find /home/ -ipath "*/temp/some.file" -type f -exec cp {} {}.bak \; How to make a copy in another name such as 'another.file' in the ...
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How to copy a list files to a list of directories or subdirectories

I'm trying to figure out how to copy a list of files to a list of subdirectories. eg. I have 300 files to copy into 300 subdirectories - 1 to 1. file1 -> dir1/sub file2 -> dir2/sub file3 ...
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Move and rename files based on their parent's directory

I have a collection of directories that all contain a particular file that is named the same in all the directories. dir1/dirA/file.txt dir1/dirB/file.txt dir1/dirC/file.txt .... dir4/dirX/file.txt ...
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Mac 10.6 - Unable to cp and mv files into ~/Library/Screen Savers/

I am trying to use Terminal to copy a file into ~/Library/Screen Savers/, but every time I try to do it, it fails. My command is: cp -r Web.saver '~/Library/Screen Savers/Web.saver' and the result ...
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Why is tar|tar so much faster than cp?

For recursively copying a directory, using tar to pack up a directory and then piping the output to another tar to unpack seems to be much faster than using cp -r (or cp -a). Why is this? And why ...
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execute script with sudo and check security

I have a script, which I need to execute with sudo. #!/bin/bash cp "$@" /destionation/dir Is it a good script or someone can bypass the restriction destination dir ? Thanks for suggestions.
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AWS S3 cp does not download 40 GB file

I just uploaded a 40GB backup file from my linux EC2 machine to an S3 bucket. However when I want to download it the aws command ends with no message and nothing was copied. Here is my command: ...
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Can I fork a copy command on ReadyNAS SSH?

I have a ReadyNAS 102 with a couple of USB drives attached, and connecting to it from a Windows 8 machine over SSH. There were times I wanted to copy files between volumes on the NAS. Unfortunately I ...
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How to copy whole file from command line without changing destination creation time

I want to copy one file's content to another file without replacing the destination file. Because I need to retain the destination file's creation time. It is fine if its modification time gets ...
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Recursive, Non-Overwriting File Copy?

I've got a directory that contains a bunch of other folders containing CoffeeScript/ JavaScript files. I'm able to compile the CoffeeScript files into a new folder with the same folder structure ...
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Merging two directory trees with same structure, but different contents in Unix

I have two directories with the following structure: A |_0 |_1 |_2 B |_0 |_1 |_2 each 0,1,2 directory contains unique contents. I want all of the contents to simply exist as: A |_0 |_1 |_2 Is ...
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Why does “cp -r a/. b” behave as it does?

I thought that a and a/. is the same path. However, I've found that cp and rsync copy directory content instead of directory itself when /. is added to the source path. I also tried a/inner/..; this ...
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Why OSX cp -avr get this error: the -R and -r options may not be specified together?

I just want to copy a folder tree to another place like this: cp -avr /blah/blah/htdocs ./ but I got error: cp: the -R and -r options may not be specified together. I followed this tutorial: ...
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“cp --parents” equivalent on Mac

The topic explains it -- basically I have a bash script used on a Linux system and a Windows system with Cygwin where the following command works perfectly: cp --parents However, running this same ...
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Copy specific subfolders on linux

I have similar file sturecture: /home/dave/documents/static/ /home/static/ /home/dave/pictures/static/ /home/dave/otherfolders/ ... I want to copy from this directory only folders named static. ...
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Linux: Copy files with dates in filename between two dates

I have a folder full of files where I from time to time need to copy a subset of these to somewhere else for processing. The files have the date they were created in the filename, i.e. ...
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Unix “cp -p”. Can I preserve attributes selectively?

I'd like to copy the modification and access times, but not the user ID. If I use cp -p source target It will copy everything. I'm trying to copy files to a different user but keep the original ...
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File copying times out Single User mode mac

I have an old 2009 MacBook that recently crashed. I can't boot into safe mode, but I can boot into Single User mode, verify my disk, and mount a USB drive and copy files to that USB. However, my ...
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copying a file to a hard link

I recently got bit by a misbehaving in a bash script of mine and was wondering: is this the expected system behavior, or is it a bug what are the ideal workarounds Essentially, the problem boiled ...
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Unix copy for each line in file

I have a file, file_copy, which has: >cat file_copy file1 file2 file3 I want to copy file1, file2, file3 from /source to /dest. One way I know how to do this is to just do: for line in `cat ...
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How do I create numbered backups?

Some GNU utils (e.g., mv and cp) can create numbered backups (foo.~1~). Others (e.g., wget) cannot. I would like to create numbered backups before running tools which overwrite files by default. Here ...
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cp command to make bootable iso image usb

A lot of discussions exist here on making a bootable USB stick. Debian manual on installing Wheezy suggest the following: # cp debian.iso /dev/sdX # sync Making sure the USB device is first ...
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I somehow made our linux box's “CP” command act differently than the default, how can I revert it back to default?

Title explains it; Somehow in installing the 'z' directory jumper, I made our linux machines CP command act strangely (for example: it no longer prompts for overwrites, it auto-forces it whether we ...
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Moving a file using PuTTY

I am newbie struggling to move a file on a Linux VPS using PuTTY. I can log in with a user in PuTTY at this point I can navigate to see the file I wish to move ...
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Copy files and rename them by creation date

i have a few directories (1 level) that were added to my server in specific times. the problem is, they are named as a random hash. would it be possible to copy them somewhere and rename by the ...
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Why do we use cp to copy files and not dd? (in unix-derivatives)

For normal file copying in *nix, I've only ever seen people use cp (eg. cp /mnt/mydevice/myfile ~/myfile), but I eventually ran into dd, which appears to do the exact same thing (dd ...
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How to preserve file-create-timestamp while copying files on OS X from command-line?

On OS X when you a copy a file using Finder, the target file has the same creation and modification times as the source file. However when you do so using cp in Terminal both creation and ...
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Running cp -r ~/.ipython ~/some/path/.ipython a second time creates ~/some/path/.ipython/.ipython. How to prevent that?

I am using a script to copy directories to a specified location. When I run cp -r ~/.ipython ~/some/path/.ipython the .ipython dir is copied as expected to the specified location. But when I run this ...
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cp all files in the same directory, but exclude subdirectories/files

I'm looking for a way to do something like this: cp -R jquery-ui-1.10.3/themes/base/minified ui ..but to let it match all files in the minified folder (and only it's root) and except all ...
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Unix command for recursively copying files

I need a unix command for the following: Directory Structure /project /images /products /cup.jpg /laptop.jpg /designs /alpha.jpg ...
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can not copy big file to usb device

I mount usb device like this: sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/usb and then copy a big file which about 1Gb to the device: sudo cp ~/big_file /media/usb Ordinary, if I copy a big file to usb, ...
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How to copy files in Terminal without writing failures?

I have an external HD that has crashed, and is badly corrupted. I want to copy whatever is intact off of it, which means doing so in Terminal as the Finder will of course give up at the first ...
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How can I copy a directories contents alone?

I want to copy the contents of ~/old contents to ~/new without the ~/old directory itself However when I do cd ~/new cp ../old ~/new or cd ~ cp -vr ~/old ~/new or cp -vr ~/old/ ~/new/ the ...
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cp - copying and keeping different version

How to copy all .aze files that have different contents into folder3 ? The screen show what I don't want to do. What I want to get close is to have in folder 3, file1(1).aze and file1(2).aze (and ...
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Why does my Bash script display the “too many arguments” error at the cp command?

Here is my script, I get the error "line 33: [: too many arguments", I'm confused why, surely only 2 arguments are being provided to cp here? I am providing two directories to the script with no ...