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       cp - copy files and directories


       cp [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... -t 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 -dR --preserve=all

              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=links

       -f, --force
              if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it  and
              try again (redundant if the -n option is used)

       -i, --interactive
              prompt before overwrite (overrides a previous -n option)

       -H     follow command-line symbolic links in SOURCE

       -l, --link
              link files instead of copying

       -L, --dereference
              always follow symbolic links in SOURCE

       -n, --no-clobber
              do  not  overwrite  an  existing  file  (overrides a previous -i

       -P, --no-dereference
              never follow symbolic links in SOURCE

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

              preserve      the      specified      attributes       (default:
              mode,ownership,timestamps),  if  possible additional attributes:
              context, links, xattr, all

              don’t preserve the specified attributes

              use full source file name under DIRECTORY

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

              control clone/CoW copies. See below

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

              control creation of sparse files. See below

              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

       -t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY
              copy all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

       -T, --no-target-directory
              treat DEST as a normal file

       -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

              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.

       When --reflink[=always] is specified, perform a lightweight copy, where
       the data blocks are copied only when modified.  If this is not possible
       the  copy  fails,  or  if  --reflink=auto  is specified, fall back to a
       standard copy.

       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.


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


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       Copyright  ©  2010  Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU
       GPL version 3 or later <>.
       This is free software: you are free  to  change  and  redistribute  it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


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

              info coreutils 'cp invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.