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Copy files and directories. More information:

  • Copy a file to another location:

cp {{path/to/source_file.ext}} {{path/to/target_file.ext}}

  • Copy a file into another directory, keeping the filename:

cp {{path/to/source_file.ext}} {{path/to/target_parent_directory}}

  • Recursively copy a directory's contents to another location (if the destination exists, the directory is copied inside it):

cp -R {{path/to/source_directory}} {{path/to/target_directory}}

  • Copy a directory recursively, in verbose mode (shows files as they are copied):

cp -vR {{path/to/source_directory}} {{path/to/target_directory}}

  • Copy multiple files at once to a directory:

cp -t {{path/to/destination_directory}} {{path/to/file1 path/to/file2 ...}}

  • Copy text files to another location, in interactive mode (prompts user before overwriting):

cp -i {{*.txt}} {{path/to/target_directory}}

  • Follow symbolic links before copying:

cp -L {{link}} {{path/to/target_directory}}

  • Use the first argument as the destination directory (useful for xargs ... | cp -t <DEST_DIR>):

cp -t {{path/to/target_directory}} {{path/to/file_or_directory1 path/to/file_or_directory2 ...}}