cp command

Benjamin Franz snowhare at nihongo.org
Tue Jul 18 15:42:29 UTC 2006

On Tue, 18 Jul 2006, Kaushal Shriyan wrote:

> Hi ALL
> if i will run following command
> cp /home/deep /home/deepak
> if deep folder have same 100 files which is under /home/deepak it will
> ask permission for overwrite
> i have to enter y 100 times. how can i forcefully over write the files?

You must be running as 'root'. The problem is that FC has a default alias 
for root set on cp that maps it to 'cp -i' (which causes it to ask you for 
permission before overwritting a file). Before you start, type 'unalias 

[root at localhost /]# unalias cp
[root at localhost /]# cp /home/deep /home/deepak

But that is still probably not doing what you think it is doing and will 
generate a "cp: omitting directory '/home/deep'" error because you have 
not specified the '-a' flag to recursively copy in archive mode.

Better would be to use rsync to recursively copy one tree to the other in 
archive mode:

[root at localhost /]# rsync -a /home/deep/ /home/deepak/

Benjamin Franz

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