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Old 03-11-2017, 06:37 AM   #1
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can cp copy all files include symlink


I have a folder , there are many files and symlink under it , I would like to use the command "cp" to backup all these files ( not only the local files , also want to backup the files of the symlink , not just the symlink itself ) , can cp do that ?

I know other command eg. tar can do that , but just want to check if "cp" can do also .

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Old 03-11-2017, 07:10 AM   #2
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You should learn about the "man" and "info" commands.
 
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:20 AM   #3
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just would like to confirm if I use cp -R , it just copy the symlink but not the files ?

thanks
 
Old 03-11-2017, 08:46 AM   #4
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just would like to confirm if I use cp -R , it just copy the symlink but not the files ?
You do realize you could have just tried it and found out, faster than you could have posted here, right? Very simple to test..create a symlink, and try to copy it.

And as smallpond suggested, look into the man pages.
 
Old 03-11-2017, 01:53 PM   #5
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just in case this isn't understood:
open a terminal and enter
Code:
man cp
=> instant benefit!
 
  


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