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Old 12-11-2003, 10:54 AM   #1
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exclude directory with cp


I want to exclude an directory from copying.
cp --exclude ... does not work.

Any ideas?

Old 12-11-2003, 11:04 AM   #2
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Looking at the man page there is no exclude option:

Why not just delete afterwards?

cp -R <directory/filename> | rm -rf <directory-filename>
Old 12-11-2003, 12:05 PM   #3
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Or, if the directory happens to be very large, and so you don't want to waste cpu resources copying it just to delete it, then move the directory up a level, which won't take up much time, and then copy it, then replace it.
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Or use rsync to copy, it does have an --exclude option.


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