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Old 03-08-2004, 07:15 AM   #1
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Force to copy files

I want to overwrite some files from /tmp/temp1 to /tmp/temp2 , the command is "cp -r -f /tmp/temp1 /tmp/temp2 , both two paths contain nearly the same files , I only want to overwrite it , but when copying the files , it still prompt me to press "Y" even I add the "-f" , I use RH 8 Linux , could suggest what is wrong ? how to force to copy the files ? thx
Old 03-08-2004, 08:30 AM   #2
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What happens if you just do a: cp -rf /tmp/temp1 /tmp/temp2 ?

I tested this on my own machine with -r and -rf and was never prompted for either.
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There's a good chance that there's an alias in your .bashrc file that aliases rm to rm -i. This is often put into the root account to prevent "oopsies" that can do serious system damage. If it *really* bothers you, just remove the offending line from your .bashrc and hope you never make a bad typo.

Jim Dishaw

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