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       datalad  copy-file  -  copy  files  and  their  availability  metadata from one dataset to


       datalad copy-file [-h]  [-d  DATASET]  [--recursive]  [--target-dir  DIRECTORY]  [--specs-
              from SOURCE] [-m MESSAGE] [--version] [PATH ...]


       The  difference  to  a  system  copy  command is that here additional content availability
       information, such as registered URLs, is also copied  to  the  target  dataset.  Moreover,
       potentially  required  git-annex  special  remote  configurations are detected in a source
       dataset and are applied to a target dataset in an analogous fashion.  It  is  possible  to
       copy  a  file  for  which  no  content  is available locally, by just copying the required
       metadata on content identity and availability.

       NOTE   At the moment, only URLs for the special remotes  'web'  (git-annex  built-in)  and
              'datalad' are recognized and transferred.

       The  interface  is  modeled  after  the POSIX 'cp' command, but with one additional way to
       specify  what  to  copy  where:  --specs-from  allows  the  caller   to   flexibly   input
       source-destination path pairs.

       This  command  can  copy files out of and into a hierarchy of nested datasets. Unlike with
       other DataLad command, the --recursive switch does not enable recursion into  subdatasets,
       but  is  analogous  to  the  POSIX 'cp' command switch and enables subdirectory recursion,
       regardless of dataset boundaries. It is not necessary to enable recursion in order to save
       changes made to nested target subdatasets.

       Copy  a  file into a dataset 'myds' using a path and a target directory specification, and
       save its addition to 'myds'::

        % datalad copy-file path/to/myfile -d path/to/myds

       Copy a file to a dataset 'myds' and save it under a new name by providing two paths::

        % datalad copy-file path/to/myfile path/to/myds/new -d path/to/myds

       Copy a file into a dataset without saving it::

        % datalad copy-file path/to/myfile -t path/to/myds

       Copy a directory and its subdirectories into a dataset 'myds' and  save  the  addition  in

        % datalad copy-file path/to/dir -r -d path/to/myds

       Copy files using a path and optionally target specification from a file::

        % datalad copy-file -d path/to/myds --specs-from specfile

       Read  a  specification from stdin and pipe the output of a find command into the copy-file

        % find <expr> | datalad copy-file -d path/to/myds --specs-from -


       PATH   paths to copy (and possibly a target path to copy to). Constraints: value must be a
              string or value must be NONE

       -h, --help, --help-np
              show  this  help  message.  --help-np  forcefully  disables  the use of a pager for
              displaying the help message

       -d DATASET, --dataset DATASET
              root dataset to save after copy operations are  completed.  All  destination  paths
              must  be  within  this dataset, or its subdatasets. If no dataset is given, dataset
              modifications will be left unsaved. Constraints: Value must be a Dataset or a valid
              identifier of a Dataset (e.g. a path) or value must be NONE

       --recursive, -r
              copy directories recursively.

       --target-dir DIRECTORY, -t DIRECTORY
              copy all source files into this DIRECTORY. This value is overridden by any explicit
              destination path provided via --specs-from. When not given, this  defaults  to  the
              path of the dataset specified via --dataset. Constraints: value must be a string or
              value must be NONE

       --specs-from SOURCE
              read list of source (and destination) path names from a given file, or stdin  (with
              '-').  Each  line  defines  either a source path, or a source/destination path pair
              (separated by a null byte character).

       -m MESSAGE, --message MESSAGE
              a description of the state or the changes made to  a  dataset.  Constraints:  value
              must be a string or value must be NONE

              show the module and its version which provides the command


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