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Old 08-15-2003, 09:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy Preserving permissions when using cp

Is there a way I can preserve the permissions of a file when I use cp to copy it?
For example, say I want to copy /var to /mnt/nd/var.
Files in /var are owned by many different people, but when I copy the files from /var to /mnt/nd/var as root, the files are all owned by root.

How can I make it so that I can copy files, while not changing/perserving their ownership and permissions?
Old 08-15-2003, 09:17 PM   #2
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cp has a option for this, -P you can chhose which bits it preserves.

the reverse option is --no-preserve.

On most basic commands (okay nearly all console commands)

thecommand --help

gives you all the options and for more detailed info try
man thecommand
Old 08-16-2003, 05:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help!
I was aware that I could find it by doing "cp --help" or looking at a man page, but this was a case where I didn't have access to either of those.

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