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    Command:

    cp

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           cp [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
           cp [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
           cp [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

           Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
    
           Mandatory  arguments  to  long  options are mandatory for short options
           too.
    
           -a, --archive
                  same as -dR --preserve=all
    
           --backup[=CONTROL]
                  make a backup of each existing destination file
    
           -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument
    
           --copy-contents
                  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
                  option)
    
           -P, --no-dereference
                  never follow symbolic links in SOURCE
    
           -p     same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps
    
           --preserve[=ATTR_LIST]
                  preserve  the   specified   attributes   (default:   mode,owner-
                  ship,timestamps),  if  possible  additional attributes: context,
                  links, xattr, all
    
           --remove-destination
                  remove each existing destination file before attempting to  open
                  it (contrast with --force)
    
           --sparse=WHEN
                  control creation of sparse files. See below.
    
           --strip-trailing-slashes
                  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
    
           -Z, --context=CONTEXT
                  set security context of copy to CONTEXT
    
           --help display this help and exit
    
           --version
                  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 behav-
           ior 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 stan-
           dard copy.
    
           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.
    
    
    

    AUTHOR

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

    REPORTING BUGS

           Report cp bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
           GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
           General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
           Report cp translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
    
    
    

    COPYRIGHT

           Copyright  (C)  2010  Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU
           GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
           This is free software: you are free  to  change  and  redistribute  it.
           There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
    
    
    

    SEE ALSO

           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-
           mand
    
                  info coreutils 'cp invocation'
    
           should give you access to the complete manual.
    
    
    

    GNU coreutils 8.4 November 2015 CP(1)

    
    
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