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Old 07-13-2012, 04:10 AM   #1
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Copy Directories and its files to a new directory just as it is


Hi

I want to copy all files and subdirectories to a new directory as it is.
~/Documents/folder to ~/avr/newfolder

folder has subdirectories f1 f2 f3 and files within them. cp command is just not helping. Creating newfolder yes but without f1 f2 f3

Am i missing an option? cp -a isnt working for me.I am using Ubuntu 12.04
 
Old 07-13-2012, 04:19 AM   #2
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Hi,

what exactly is happening when you use cp -a. Ie when you run
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cp -a ~/Documents/folder ~/avr/newfolder
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:21 AM   #3
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Code:
cp -ar ~/Documents/folder ~/avr/newfolder
 
Old 07-13-2012, 04:27 AM   #4
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Hi,

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Originally Posted by Didier Spaier View Post
Code:
cp -ar ~/Documents/folder ~/avr/newfolder
Hmm, my cp (GNU coreutils 8.13) man page indicates the '-a', is the same as '-dR --preserve=all', and that '-R' is the same as '-r'. What version do you have?

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:32 AM   #5
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Well, I have the same - in fact I didn't check the man page
 
Old 07-13-2012, 04:38 AM   #6
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Hi,

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Well, I have the same - in fact I didn't check the man page
Ahh, ok. I don't normally use cp for recursive stuff preferring rsync, so my memory of cp options was quite fuzzy.

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:47 AM   #7
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Well a little wierd.... my directory actually had space in it
Tried two codes with -a option

arundhyoti@Sarkar:~/Documents/from HOD$ cp -a Documents/from\ HOD avr/fromHOD
cp: cannot stat `Documents/from HOD': No such file or directory

arundhyoti@Sarkar:~/Documents/from HOD$ cp -a Documents/from* avr/fromHOD
cp: cannot stat `Documents/from*': No such file or directory

but now
cp -a ~/Documents/"from HOD" ~/avr/fromHOD

worked! cant understant why the other two codes didnt work though
 
Old 07-13-2012, 04:50 AM   #8
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OMG! I cant believe I missed the home in the path name. So thats y it wasnt't working!

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