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Old 12-28-2010
Copy directory tree with files

Iam in the process of copying a directory with thousands of directories and files into a new directory.

I need to preserve permissions, owner, group, date and timestamps, everything.

Iam using AIX and would need help of writing the command whether it is cp-RP or cpio.

Apprecaite your help.

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Old 12-28-2010
cp -rp  top_dir_or_dirs_I_want_copied  dir_I_want_it_or_them_copied_into

but this does not copy symbolic links in some systems. If that is a concern, try "cpio -p".

These more general cases of cpio move them anywhere; it's like there is an echo in here, I swear:
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Old 12-28-2010
tar -C /dir1 -cf  - . | ( cd /dir2 ; tar -xpf - )

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Old 12-28-2010
Additional on commands and symbolic links is here: Man Page for symlink (All Section 7) - The UNIX and Linux Forums

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