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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for cp (redhat section 1)

CP(1)					       FSF					    CP(1)

NAME
       cp - copy files and directories

SYNOPSIS
       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
       cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...

DESCRIPTION
       Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

       -a, --archive
	      same as -dpR

       --backup[=CONTROL]
	      make a backup of each existing destination file

       -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument

       --copy-contents
	      copy contents of special files when recursive

       -d     same as --no-dereference --preserve=link

       --no-dereference
	      never follow symbolic links

       -f, --force
	      if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt before overwrite

       -H     follow command-line symbolic links

       -l, --link
	      link files instead of copying

       -L, --dereference
	      always follow symbolic links

       -p     same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps

       --preserve[=ATTR_LIST]
	      preserve the specified attributes (default: mode,ownership,timestamps), if possible
	      additional attributes: links, all

       --no-preserve=ATTR_LIST
	      don't preserve the specified attributes

       --parents
	      append source path to DIRECTORY

       -P     same as `--no-dereference'

       -R, -r, --recursive
	      copy directories recursively

       --remove-destination
	      remove each existing destination file before attempting to open it  (contrast  with
	      --force)

       --reply={yes,no,query}
	      specify how to handle the prompt about an existing destination file

       --sparse=WHEN
	      control creation of sparse files

       --strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE
	      argument

       -s, --symbolic-link
	      make symbolic links instead of copying

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup suffix

       --target-directory=DIRECTORY
	      move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

       -u, --update
	      copy  only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the des-
	      tination file is missing

       -v, --verbose
	      explain what is being done

       -x, --one-file-system
	      stay on this file system

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       By default, sparse SOURCE files are detected by a crude heuristic  and  the  corresponding
       DEST  file is made sparse as well.  That is the behavior selected by --sparse=auto.  Spec-
       ify --sparse=always to create a sparse DEST file whenever the SOURCE file contains a  long
       enough sequence of zero bytes.  Use --sparse=never to inhibit creation of sparse files.

       The  backup  suffix is `~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.  The version
       control method may be selected via the --backup	option	or  through  the  VERSION_CONTROL
       environment variable.  Here are the values:

       none, off
	      never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

       As a special case, cp makes a backup of SOURCE when the force and backup options are given
       and SOURCE and DEST are the same name for an existing, regular file.

AUTHOR
       Written by Torbjorn Granlund, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO  warranty;  not
       even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The  full documentation for cp is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and cp pro-
       grams are properly installed at your site, the command

	      info cp

       should give you access to the complete manual.

cp (coreutils) 4.5.3			  February 2003 				    CP(1)


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