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I'm not a total noob but I feel like on with this question.
I want to copy the contents of one folder into another from a command line. From a gui, what I'm trying to do is simple but I want to do it from terminal. Here is the issue:
Say I have a folder called-------------/data
A folder in /data is /files -------------/data/files
I then make a new directory---------mkdir /data2
I want to copy the contents of /data/files into /data2, but from my limited knowledge I've only been capable of producing the following with the command cp /data/files /data2:
Result-------------------------------------/data2/files/blah blah blah
My desired result----------------------/data2/blah blah blah
It creates the directory 'files' in /data2.
I don't want to create a directory 'files' in /data2, I just want the contents from /data/files to be placed into /data2, without creating a directory 'files' in /data2. Follow me?
Is there a way to copy the contents of a directory into another without creating a new directory in the destination directory?
Well, the first meant "the directory" and the second means "all files in the directory". Sometimes this does make a difference.
Look a bit deeper into `man cp`. Flags like -R and -a might be very useful in your situation.