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3.7 File Maintenance Commands

3.7.1 cp - copy a file

Copy the contents of one file to another with the cp command.


cp [options] old_filename new_filename

Common Options

-i interactive (prompt and wait for confirmation before proceeding)

-r recursively copy a directory


% cp old_filename new_filename

You now have two copies of the file, each with identical contents. They are completely independent of each other and you can edit and modify either as needed. They each have their own inode, data blocks, and directory table entries.

Introduction to Unix - 14 AUG 1996
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