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Old 11-25-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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Copying folder content and not folder


I want to copy the contents of the folder named "mozilla_BACKUP", but what I am using copies the whole folder. I tried to indicate file by using *.* but I guess that is just for DOS.

cp -a /home/sam/Desktop/mozilla_BACKUP /home/sam/.mozilla
 
Old 11-25-2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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cp -R /home/sam/Desktop/mozilla_BACKUP/* /home/sam/.mozilla
 
Old 11-25-2008, 10:52 PM   #3
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I want to copy the contents of the folder named "mozilla_BACKUP", but what I am using copies the whole folder. I tried to indicate file by using *.* but I guess that is just for DOS.

cp -a /home/sam/Desktop/mozilla_BACKUP /home/sam/.mozilla
Using a single asterisk as someone else pointed is the way to go.

In linux, "*.*" will only match files that have a dot on their name.
 
Old 11-26-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I also see that you replaced the -a with -R

Thanks
 
Old 11-26-2008, 08:58 AM   #5
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Take a look at man cp: the -a option is the same as -dpR, that is recursive mode plus preserve links (-d) and preserve mode, ownership, timestamp (-p). You can use -a instead of -R as well.
 
  


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