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Old 10-28-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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Angry CP to copy

Dear Friends,

I want to copy one directory (alongwith its contents) to another directory. I tried using cp. It conveniently omits the directories while copying. Is there any command with which I can copy (not move) the entire contents of one directory (which has inturn many child directories) to another location?

Please help me in this regard.
Thanks in Advance.
Old 10-28-2004, 12:57 AM   #2
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use cp -R <pathto sourse dir> <path o dest dir>

Old 10-28-2004, 12:59 AM   #3
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#cp -r /vvv/vvv /xxx/vvv

-r is for recursive

read the man page for more #man cp or # cp --help

Old 10-28-2004, 01:02 AM   #4
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Thanks Naren. That indeed worked as I wanted. I am accessing the Linux server from Windows environment using Telnet. I wanted this cp command for backing up of my directories. Is there any backup utility which can spawn at the linux level which will accomplish this task? I am using Mandrake 10.0.

Thanks and regards,
Old 10-28-2004, 01:47 AM   #5
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I use tar and gzip to backup. This can be accomplished in one command:

tar czvf filename.tar.gz directory_to_back_up

Then to uncompress

tar xzvf filename.tar.gz
Old 10-28-2004, 04:46 AM   #6
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Darthtux, thank you for the answer you gave me a good idea for backing up files....
i generally move from partition one to another...


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