Originally Posted by stf92
How does the typical linux user use cp in this regard. Always with the -i option?
I only use the -i option when absolutely necessary (for cp, mv, rm).
Some distro's make a default alias, for the root user, to include the -i option. One of the first things I do is remove that specific alias.
If you do want/need such an alias:
alias cp='cp -i'
alias mv='mv -i'
alias rm='rm -i'
Remember: Unix/Linux assumes that you know what you are doing (unlike Windows, which questions just about everything you do).