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Old 04-13-2004, 02:43 AM   #1
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What does 'one file system' (copy command's -x arguement) mean?

cp man page defines -x as --one-file-system : stay on this file system. What does it mean and in what context is it used?

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Old 04-13-2004, 03:07 AM   #2
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when doing a -Recursive copy, using -x will prevent it from going to /boot or other mounted directories.

Like it will stay on one drive, under on filesystem type and wont traverse partitions, even on the same tree. Maybe , not sure, just guessing.

Try it and find out, what can it hurt?


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