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

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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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Syntactic differences in cp -r and how to overcome them [migrated]

Let's say we are in a blank directory. Then, the following commands: mkdir dir1 cp -r dir1 dir2 Yield two (blank) directories, dir1 and dir2, where dir2 has been created as a copy of dir1. ...
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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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Copy from Debian to mounted CIFS share hangs

I have a backup script run by a cron job on my Debian server. It creates a .tar.gz file from /home and copies it to a mounted CIFS share onto a Windows XP machine. It has been running without a ...
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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 ...
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Copy multiple files via cp from a string

I'm trying to copy multiple files to a directory from within a shellscript. These files contain all sorts of "ugly" characters, such as whitespaces, brackets and what not else. However, I'm stuck when ...
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Copying all files inside subdirectories and renaming instead of overwriting

I have a number of images inside subdirectories of another directory which I'd like to copy to one single directory so all the images are in one place. After a bit of searching, I found and then ...
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cp into destination hierarchy with symbolic link?

I am trying to write a site deploy script that will copy files like so: SOURCE . .. src/ html/ DEST . .. src/ html/ -> /var/www/ftproot/mysite I want the files in SOURCE html to go to DEST ...
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ssh Mac Unix: copy a file with special characters and spaces

I am remote logged into a Mac and trying to copy a music file from one directory to another, but I am getting an error. I think it's caused by spaces or special characters, but not sure. the file ...
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How to copy a list of files from one directory to another and modify the destination file name on the fly

Could you propose a way to copy a list of files from one directory to another. During copying the script should capitalize the first letter of the filename and lowercase all other letters.
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How to Copy Large Directory to External Hard Drive Linux

I've formatted a 3TB external hard drive as ext4 using fdisk (actually gnu fdisk), mounted it at /media/external and am trying to copy my entire home directory to it. My first attempt I thought was ...
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cp -r overwrite

This is not a problem as much as my curiosity of the different cp -r behavior. This is on the latest Ubuntu. I have an outdated copy in a directory with several subdirectories. I'd like to update the ...