CP linux command manual

CP(1)                          User Commands                           CP(1)

       cp - copy files and directories

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

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

       Mandatory  arguments  to  long options are mandatory for short options

       -a, --archive
              same as -dpR

              make a backup of each existing destination file

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

              copy contents of special files when recursive

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

              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   the   specified   attributes  (default:  mode,owner-
              ship,timestamps) and security contexts, if possible  additional
              attributes: links, all

              don't preserve the specified attributes

              append source path to DIRECTORY

       -P     same as '--no-dereference'

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

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

              specify how to handle the prompt about an existing  destination

              control creation of sparse files

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

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

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

              move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

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

       -Z, --context=CONTEXT
              set security context of copy to CONTEXT

              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.  Specify --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  SIM-
       PLE_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.

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

       Report bugs to .

       Copyright (C) 2004 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 PARTICU-

       The full documentation for cp is maintained as a Texinfo  manual.   If
       the info and cp programs are properly installed at your site, the com-

              info coreutils cp

       should give you access to the complete manual.

cp (coreutils) 5.2.1              March 2004                            CP(1)