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       gcp - Advanced command-line file copier


       gcp [OPTIONS] FILE DEST
       gcp [OPTIONS] FILE1 [FILE2...] DEST-DIR


       This manual page documents briefly the gcp command.

       gcp  is  a  file  copier,  loosely  inspired by cp, but with high level
       functionalities like:
        - transfer progression indication
        - continuous copying when there is an issue: it skips the  problematic
       file and goes on
        - copy status logging: which files were effectively copied
        - name mangling to handle target filesystem limitations (e.g. removing
       incompatible chars like "?" or "*" on vfat)
        - forced copy serialization: new files to copy are added to  a  global
       queue to avoid hard drive head seeks
        -  transfer  list management: gcp can save a list of files to copy and
       reuse it later
        - approximate option compatibility with cp  (approximate  because  the
       behaviour is not exactly the same, see below)


       These  programs  follow  the  usual  GNU command line syntax, with long
       options starting with two dashes (`-').  By  default,  calling  gcp  is
       equivalent to calling gcp --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps.

       A summary of options is included below.

   General options
              Show version of program and exit.

       -h, --help
              Show summary of options.

       -r, --recursive
              Copy directories recursively.

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

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

       -f, --force
              Overwrite existing files.

              Keep specified attributes. Attributes can be mode, ownership and
              timestamps.  When several attributes are passed, they need to be
              separated  by commas. Note that timestamps preservation has some
              limits, see section LIMITS.

              Don't fix file system naming incompatibilities.

              Disable progress bar.

       -v, --verbose
              Display what is being done.

   Sources saving
              Save the list of source files in a list named SOURCES_SAVE.

              Save the list of source files in a  list  named  SOURCES_REPLACE
              and replace it if it already exists.

              Reuse the list of source file named SOURCES_LOAD.

              Delete the list of source files named SOURCES_DEL.

              List the names of source file lists.

              List the names of source file lists, including their content.


       The exit status can be:

       · 0  if  files have been copied correctly or if another instance of gcp
         is already running and will do the copy.

       · 1 if at least one file has not been  copied,  or  if  something  went

       · 2 if all files have been copied but with some issues


       Timestamps  preservation  with  --preserve  option is limited by the os
       python  module  on  POSIX  systems.  Currently,  python  only   returns
       timestamps  in  float  format,  which  is a smaller precision than what
       POSIX   provides.   Progress   on   this   issue   can   be   seen   at




       gcp was written by Jérôme Poisson <>.

       This manual page was written by Thomas Preud'homme <>,
       for the Debian project (and may be used by others).

                                 June 04, 2011                          GCP(1)