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

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How do I copy a Mac volume using cp?

I have researched this for hours. In Single User Mode, I used cp -Rpvn /* /Volumes/MyBackup My external USB is mounted on /Volumes/MyBackup The issue however is that after 24hrs it still has not ...
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How to copy all files recursively excluding folders into one destination folder?

I have several folders like /music/1/a.mp3 and /music/2/b.mp3 All of the file names themselves are guaranteed to be different. Is there a way, probably using the Terminal, to copy these files to ...
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Rsync copying current directory with name

I want to copy current directory to my backup directory: I tried this command rsync -a . ~/backup/ but it just copies the current directory contents instead of creating new directory at the ...
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Copying many files without stopping on errors on OSX

I need to copy several Gb from an external HD to my moan hd and some files will cause errors. If I do this with the finder, it will stop on the first error. Is there a way to copy everything no ...
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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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Multi-core and copy speed

What i want to do is to copy 500K of files. I want to copy within server from one destination to another.It includes emails mostly so many small files. Its over 23 GB only but takes so long (over ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Copying a file only when it is newer than the destination

How do I copy a file in Linux only when the file being copied is newer than the version at the destination? If the file at the destination is newer, I want the file copy to not go ahead.
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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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Linux: Copy all files by extension to single dirrectory

I am trying to copy all *.tif files from ./old to the ./new. In ./old i have lots of subdirs with different files, and in ./new i need only TIF files, without folder tree. So, I had tried cp -vR ...
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Cannot copy files from external USB HDD to computer

Hello I have a HDD disk connected with a USB converter to my computer. It consists of two partitions, the first one is mounted automatically and I can grab all the files from it, but the second one I ...
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How can I copy files recursively without overwriting the directories

On linux, let's say I have some files like this: dir1/file1 dir2/file2 and I want to copy them to a destination that already have dir1 and dir2 and looks like: dir1/file1 dir1/file1a dir2/file2 ...
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How to copy symbolic links?

I have directory that contains some symbolic links: user@host:include$ find .. -type l -ls 4737414 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 13 Dec 9 13:47 ../k0607-lsi6/camac -> ../../include 4737415 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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cp - do not overwrite in makefile

In the makefile for my project, I want it to copy a config file only if the file does not already exist in the destination folder. At the moment I am using: cp -n However, recently someone has ...
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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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cp --update still copies unchanged files

I'm trying to copy only changed files using 'cp -pu' under Linux (Red Hat 6.1, source/destination FS are GlusterFS mounted partitions) but I found that it still tries to copy file seemingly old and ...
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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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Copy list of files

I have a list of files separated by spaces in a file list.txt. I'd like to copy them to a new folder. I tried to do: cp `cat list.txt` new_folder but it did not work. How would you do this ? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to copy one file into multiple subfolders at once on a Linux server?

I have a folder on a Linux server with 35+ subdirectories, along the lines of: aa.foo.bar.baz ab.foo.bar.baz .. bp.foo.bar.baz I have a file that I want to copy into each of those subdirectories. ...
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How can I recursively copy files by file extension, preserving directory structure?

At the Linux command line, I'd like to copy a (very large) set of .txt files from one directory (and its subdirectories) to another. I need the directory structure to stay intact, and I need to ...
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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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how to stop cp: overwrite './xxx' ? prompt

How can I stop the cp command from prompting to overwrite. I want to overwrite all the files with out having to keep going back to the terminal. As these are large files and take some time to ...
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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 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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Linux copy to fat32 filesystem: invalid argument

When I copy files from an ext3 partition to a fat32 one using cp: cp -R /ext3/stuff /fat32/partition/ I get invalid argument messages for all files with colons and question marks in. Is there any ...
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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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I/O error while cp from CD to HDD

I'm trying to create a local repo from my RHEL6 disk. Some of the .rpms I'm able to copy, others give me this error: cp: reading 'filename': Input/Output error It's the original RedHat disk, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...