Originally posted by XaViaR
when i want to copy recursively, i use cp -a . This will preserve ownership, do a recursive, and something else....i forget. But, it should be in the man file. man cp
It also copies (but not follows) symlincs.
By lookng at the man pages, there is no difference between -R and -r, they are there just for compatibility with older/other verions of cp a and/or because of the POSIX standard.