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Copies files in and out of archives. Supports the following archive formats: cpio's custom binary, old ASCII, new ASCII, crc, HPUX binary, HPUX old ASCII, old tar, and POSIX.1 tar. More information:

  • Take a list of file names from stdin and add them [o]nto an archive in cpio's binary format:

echo "{{path/to/file1 path/to/file2 ...}}" | cpio -o > {{archive.cpio}}

  • Copy all files and directories in a directory and add them [o]nto an archive, in [v]erbose mode:

find {{path/to/directory}} | cpio -ov > {{archive.cpio}}

  • P[i]ck all files from an archive, generating [d]irectories where needed, in [v]erbose mode:

cpio -idv < {{archive.cpio}}