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CP(1)				      FSF				 CP(1)

NAME
       cp - copy files and directories

SYNOPSIS
       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE...	DIRECTORY
       cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...

DESCRIPTION
       Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple	SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

       Mandatory  arguments  to	 long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.

       -a, --archive
	      same as -dpR

       --backup[=CONTROL]
	      make a backup of each existing destination file

       -b     like --backup but	does not accept	an argument

       --copy-contents
	      copy contents of special files when recursive

       -d     same as --no-dereference --preserve=link

       --no-dereference
	      never follow symbolic links

       -f, --force
	      if an existing destination file cannot be	opened,	remove it  and
	      try again

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt before overwrite

       -H     follow command-line symbolic links

       -l, --link
	      link files instead of copying

       -L, --dereference
	      always follow symbolic links

       -p     same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps

       --preserve[=ATTR_LIST]
	      preserve the specified attributes	(default: mode,ownership,time-
	      stamps), if possible additional attributes: links, all

       --no-preserve=ATTR_LIST
	      don't preserve the specified attributes

       --parents
	      append source path to DIRECTORY

       -P     same as `--no-dereference'

       -R, -r, --recursive
	      copy directories recursively

       --remove-destination
	      remove each existing destination file before attempting to  open
	      it (contrast with	--force)

       --reply={yes,no,query}
	      specify  how  to handle the prompt about an existing destination
	      file

       --sparse=WHEN
	      control creation of sparse files

       --strip-trailing-slashes	remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE
	      argument

       -s, --symbolic-link
	      make symbolic links instead of copying

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup	suffix

       --target-directory=DIRECTORY
	      move all SOURCE arguments	into DIRECTORY

       -u, --update
	      copy only	when the SOURCE	file is	 newer	than  the  destination
	      file or when the destination file	is missing

       -v, --verbose
	      explain what is being done

       -x, --one-file-system
	      stay on this file	system

       --help display this help	and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       By  default,  sparse SOURCE files are detected by a crude heuristic and
       the corresponding DEST file is made sparse as well.  That is the	behav-
       ior  selected  by  --sparse=auto.   Specify --sparse=always to create a
       sparse DEST file	whenever  the  SOURCE  file  contains  a  long	enough
       sequence	 of  zero  bytes.   Use	 --sparse=never	to inhibit creation of
       sparse files.

       The  backup  suffix  is	`~',  unless  set  with	  --suffix   or	  SIM-
       PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.   The	version	control	method may be selected via the
       --backup	option or through the  VERSION_CONTROL	environment  variable.
       Here are	the values:

       none, off
	      never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

       As  a  special  case,  cp  makes	 a backup of SOURCE when the force and
       backup options are given	and SOURCE and DEST are	the same name  for  an
       existing, regular file.

AUTHOR
       Written by Torbjorn Granlund, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not	even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR	 A  PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The  full  documentation	 for cp	is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info	and cp programs	are properly installed at your site, the  com-
       mand

	      info cp

       should give you access to the complete manual.

cp (coreutils) 4.5.3		 February 2003				 CP(1)

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