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Cp -n command

I would like to find a substitute cp -n command in HP-UX
Code:
cp -n 
-n, --no-clobber

do not overwrite an existing file (overrides a previous -i option)

Thanks

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I could not find this info in man pages and yes I can write a function to do this but thought to ask in case I missed something
# 2  
Would you like to switch on -n by default or prevent it working at all? I'm not sure which way round you mean.

Perhaps you have scripts that use it, but it doesn't work on HP-UX and you want your scripts to be portable. Is that what you are saying?



Sorry for being confused.
Robin
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Hi, thanks to reply, I meant that I would prefer to use cp -n option or similar switch on HP-UX if there is one as I did it on Linux. But I could not find it on HP-UX. I thought maybe there is something similar that I am just don't know of.
I am just saying that if there is nothing like that on HP-UX I will write a small script for that. And it's not a an issue.

Thanks again
Cheers
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"cp -n" is a GNU extension to the POSIX standard "cp" utility.

As it's a platform-specific, non-standard extension, it's not necessarily going to be available on other, non-GNU platforms.
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You can try the trick
Code:
cp -i ... < /dev/null

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If the output file doesn't exist, you are good to go. *
If the output is a directory, check it for the presence of your input file. *

* Possible extra check: do you have execute and write permissions in the current or target directory?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MadeInGermany
You can try the trick
Code:
cp -i ... < /dev/null


Very nifty trick! You might want to suppress the confirmation question as well:

Code:
cp -i . . .  </dev/null 2>/dev/null


EDIT: or even cp -i . . . </dev/null 2>&0 ?
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