Little Girl's Mostly Linux Blog

Copy

Copy

This page was last updated on July 18, 2009.

Copy a file:

This will overwrite an existing file by the same name in the destination without warning you.
cp file /destination

Copy a file interactively:

This will ask permission to overwrite an existing file by the same name in the destination. If the destination doesn’t contain a file by the same name, the command will not run interactively.
cp -i file /destination

Copy the files in the current directory:

This does not ask for permission:
cp * /destination

Copy the files in the current directory interactively:

This will ask permission to overwrite existing files, but not directories. If the destination doesn’t contain files by the same name, the command will not run interactively.
cp -i * /destination

Copy a directory and its subdirectories:

This does not ask for permission:
cp -r /source /destination

Copy a directory and its subdirectories interactively:

This will ask permission to overwrite existing files, but not directories. If the destination doesn’t contain a directory by the same name as the source directory, the command will not run interactively.
cp -ir /source /destination


Obligatory Happy Ending

And they all lived happily ever after. The end.

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Comment:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: