BSD 2.11 - man page for cp (bsd section 1)
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cp - copy
cp [ -ip ] file1 file2
cp [ -ipr ] file ... directory
File1 is copied onto file2. By default, the mode and owner of file2 are preserved if it
already existed; otherwise the mode of the source file modified by the current umask(2) is
used. The -p option causes cp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the modi-
fication times and modes of the source files, ignoring the present umask.
In the second form, one or more files are copied into the directory with their original
Cp refuses to copy a file onto itself.
If the -i option is specified, cp will prompt the user with the name of the file whenever
the copy will cause an old file to be overwritten. An answer of 'y' will cause cp to con-
tinue. Any other answer will prevent it from overwriting the file.
If the -r option is specified and any of the source files are directories, cp copies each
subtree rooted at that name; in this case the destination must be a directory.
cat(1), mv(1), rcp(1C)
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