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Old 07-01-2005, 05:03 AM   #1
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copying a directory and preserving links?

I'm trying to copy an entire directory structure and preserve any links. What would the correct syntax be?
cp -rp *.* /dev/hdb2?

or is there a better way?

Old 07-01-2005, 06:01 AM   #2
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The most reliable way I know, that works on most Unix OS (and Cygwin as well) is:
# (cd /source/dir && tar cf - .) | (cd /destination/dir && tar xpf -)
if source and destination already exist.
# (cd /parent/of/source/dir && tar cf - dir/) | (cd /parent/of/destination/dir && tar xpf -)
if destination does not exist yet.



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