I have been reading through man cp . I was trying to sort it out.
Preserve as much as possible of the structure and attributes of
the original files in the copy (but do not preserve directory
structure). Equivalent to -dpPR.
What does that mean do not preserve directory structure
Preserve the original files' owner, group, permissions, and
doesn't -R preserve like the -p option?
Copy directories recursively, preserving non-directories.