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Old 09-04-2008, 01:51 AM   #1
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copy without overwrite prompt

I was trying to copy a folder of size morethan 20 GB, but somehow system got stuck and i rebooted the system. now when i'm again trying to copy the same folder, it is giving overwrite prompt, for every file, even when i used '-f' . The command which i'm using is:
cp -fr 2008/AUG/ 2008/
Please help me
Old 09-04-2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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cd 2008/AUG; tar -cvf - . | ( cd /path/to/new/2008 ; tar -xvpf - )
Old 09-04-2008, 06:21 AM   #3
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Thanks Mr C for ur kind reply.

I used "unalias cp" command whcih i got from previous post. that too worked fine. thank u LQ
Old 09-04-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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If you want to avoid an alias, use backslash for a one shot:

$ \cp src dest
Old 09-04-2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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Or just

yes | cp <whatever else>
Old 10-26-2010, 03:47 PM   #6
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Most linux are coming with an alias for cp to cp -i

So use absolute path (/bin/cp) for copy without prompt.

syntax: /bin/cp source destination

This will work.

Old 07-11-2011, 01:41 AM   #7
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Thank nikeshp, It cool!


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