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

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How do I use find to copy all found files to a new name in their same directories?

I've got a simple command that does almost what I want. The following will locate all files with a suffix of '_compressed.swf' and copy each into its same directory with a '.bak2' appended: find '../...
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cp: reading `filename': Input/output error WHY?

I wish to know what could be the possible cases for this error: cp: reading `filename': Input/output error I am getting this message when I am trying to copy a big file of around 50MB.
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Use rsync to copy all files except for certain filenames with a certain extension

I have two same-size flash cards, and I want to copy contents of one to the other based on the following rules: I want all directories and subdirectories in place I want to exclude files of type ....
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How can I copy files with SSH?

I am trying to copy a file from my other computer, to another computer. (both running Ubuntu 9.10) So, I've ssh'ed into the other computer; I cd to the directory; and I entered cp File.zip /home/me/...
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Copy directory from ext3 to FAT32 ignoring symlinks, pipes, etc

I'm trying to write a shell script in which I recursively copy a directory to a USB stick. I need the return value of the copy operation for error-checking purposes. I've tried cp -a /var/mydir /...
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How to copy with cp to include hidden files and hidden directories and their contents?

How can I make cp -r copy absolutely all of the files and directories in a directory Requirements: Include hidden files and hidden directories. Be one single command with an flag to include the ...
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How do I make “cp” in OS X not delete files?

Here's the best way to describe this: dirA dir1 file1.txt file3.txt dirB dir1 file1.txt file2.txt I want to copy the contents of dirB into dirA. cp -R dirB/* dirA ...
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cp -r -l in MacOS (recursive copy preserving hard links)

I'm trying to copy a directory tree recursively preserving hardlinks to the file. Using gnu cp, this would work with the -l flag. cp would then recreate the directory structure, but wouldn't need to ...
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cp verbose alternative

I want to list all of the files that are being copied by a cp command but the -v switch doesn't seem to exist on the servers here at work. I'm not sure exactly which OS this is. I think it might be ...