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Old 06-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Copy recursively ignoring links

I need to copy an entire directory, recursively. And I need to ignore links. It's part of a script and I really need to do that.

'cp --no-dereference' doesn't work for me, because it copies the links. It doesn't follow them, but tries to copy them.

I've read 'man cp' a dozen times and if there is a way to ignore links, it's very well hidden.

Any suggestions?
Old 06-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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Have you considered using 'find' to select the files for you.
Use the '-type f' and -P' switches

Never follow symbolic links. This is the default behaviour. When find examines or prints information a file, and the file is a symbolic link, the information used shall be taken from the properties of the symbolic link itself.
Old 06-13-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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If you can stand to copy the links, then remove them you could use the find command.

cp -r --no-derefrence <src> <dest>
Then remove the links with the find command.
find <dest> -type l -delete
I have just seen the previous solution, and it's better. Having come up with my
solution I thought I ought to do at least a minimal test to make sure my solution

Last time I posted without testing I added an unneeded (that actually did not
exist) flag .

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