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BSDCPIO(1)		FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		    BSDCPIO(1)

NAME
     cpio -- copy files	to and from archives

SYNOPSIS
     cpio {-i} [options] [pattern ...] [_ archive]
     cpio {-o} [options] _ name-list [_	archive]
     cpio {-p} [options] dest-dir _ name-list

DESCRIPTION
     cpio copies files between archives	and directories.  This implementation
     can extract from tar, pax,	cpio, zip, jar,	ar, and	ISO 9660 cdrom images
     and can create tar, pax, cpio, ar,	and shar archives.

     The first option to cpio is a mode	indicator from the following list:
     -i	     Input.  Read an archive from standard input (unless overriden)
	     and extract the contents to disk or (if the -t option is speci-
	     fied) list	the contents to	standard output.  If one or more file
	     patterns are specified, only files	matching one of	the patterns
	     will be extracted.
     -o	     Output.  Read a list of filenames from standard input and produce
	     a new archive on standard output (unless overriden) containing
	     the specified items.
     -p	     Pass-through.  Read a list	of filenames from standard input and
	     copy the files to the specified directory.

OPTIONS
     Unless specifically stated	otherwise, options are applicable in all oper-
     ating modes.

     -0	     Read filenames separated by NUL characters	instead	of newlines.
	     This is necessary if any of the filenames being read might	con-
	     tain newlines.

     -A	     (o	mode only) Append to the specified archive.  (Not yet imple-
	     mented.)

     -a	     (o	and p modes) Reset access times	on files after they are	read.

     -B	     (o	mode only) Block output	to records of 5120 bytes.

     -C	size
	     (o	mode only) Block output	to records of size bytes.

     -c	     (o	mode only) Use the old POSIX portable character	format.
	     Equivalent	to --format odc.

     -d	     (i	and p modes) Create directories	as necessary.

     -E	file
	     (i	mode only) Read	list of	file name patterns from	file to	list
	     and extract.

     -F	file
	     Read archive from or write	archive	to file.

     -f	pattern
	     (i	mode only) Ignore files	that match pattern.

     --format format
	     (o	mode only) Produce the output archive in the specified format.
	     Supported formats include:

	     cpio     Synonym for odc.
	     newc     The SVR4 portable	cpio format.
	     odc      The old POSIX.1 portable octet-oriented cpio format.
	     pax      The POSIX.1 pax format, an extension of the ustar	for-
		      mat.
	     ustar    The POSIX.1 tar format.

	     The default format	is odc.	 See libarchive-formats(5) for more
	     complete information about	the formats currently supported	by the
	     underlying	libarchive(3) library.

     -H	format
	     Synonym for --format.

     -h, --help
	     Print usage information.

     -I	file
	     Read archive from file.

     -i	     Input mode.  See above for	description.

     --insecure
	     (i	and p mode only) Disable security checks during	extraction or
	     copying.  This allows extraction via symbolic links and path
	     names containing `..' in the name.

     -J	     (o	mode only) Compress the	file with xz-compatible	compression
	     before writing it.	 In input mode,	this option is ignored;	xz
	     compression is recognized automatically on	input.

     -j	     Synonym for -y.

     -L	     (o	and p modes) All symbolic links	will be	followed.  Normally,
	     symbolic links are	archived and copied as symbolic	links.	With
	     this option, the target of	the link will be archived or copied
	     instead.

     -l	     (p	mode only) Create links	from the target	directory to the orig-
	     inal files, instead of copying.

     -lzma   (o	mode only) Compress the	file with lzma-compatible compression
	     before writing it.	 In input mode,	this option is ignored;	lzma
	     compression is recognized automatically on	input.

     -m	     (i	and p modes) Set file modification time	on created files to
	     match those in the	source.

     -n	     (i	mode, only with	-t) Display numeric uid	and gid.  By default,
	     cpio displays the user and	group names when they are provided in
	     the archive, or looks up the user and group names in the system
	     password database.

     -no-preserve-owner
	     (i	mode only) Do not attempt to restore file ownership.  This is
	     the default when run by non-root users.

     -O	file
	     Write archive to file.

     -o	     Output mode.  See above for description.

     -p	     Pass-through mode.	 See above for description.

     -preserve-owner
	     (i	mode only) Restore file	ownership.  This is the	default	when
	     run by the	root user.

     --quiet
	     Suppress unnecessary messages.

     -R	[user][:][group]
	     Set the owner and/or group	on files in the	output.	 If group is
	     specified with no user (for example, -R :wheel) then the group
	     will be set but not the user.  If the user	is specified with a
	     trailing colon and	no group (for example, -R root:) then the
	     group will	be set to the user's default group.  If	the user is
	     specified with no trailing	colon, then the	user will be set but
	     not the group.  In	-i and -p modes, this option can only be used
	     by	the super-user.	 (For compatibility, a period can be used in
	     place of the colon.)

     -r	     (All modes.)  Rename files	interactively.	For each file, a
	     prompt is written to /dev/tty containing the name of the file and
	     a line is read from /dev/tty.  If the line	read is	blank, the
	     file is skipped.  If the line contains a single period, the file
	     is	processed normally.  Otherwise,	the line is taken to be	the
	     new name of the file.

     -t	     (i	mode only) List	the contents of	the archive to stdout; do not
	     restore the contents to disk.

     -u	     (i	and p modes) Unconditionally overwrite existing	files.	Ordi-
	     narily, an	older file will	not overwrite a	newer file on disk.

     -v	     Print the name of each file to stderr as it is processed.	With
	     -t, provide a detailed listing of each file.

     --version
	     Print the program version information and exit.

     -y	     (o	mode only) Compress the	archive	with bzip2-compatible compres-
	     sion before writing it.  In input mode, this option is ignored;
	     bzip2 compression is recognized automatically on input.

     -Z	     (o	mode only) Compress the	archive	with compress-compatible com-
	     pression before writing it.  In input mode, this option is
	     ignored; compression is recognized	automatically on input.

     -z	     (o	mode only) Compress the	archive	with gzip-compatible compres-
	     sion before writing it.  In input mode, this option is ignored;
	     gzip compression is recognized automatically on input.

ENVIRONMENT
     The following environment variables affect	the execution of cpio:

     LANG	The locale to use.  See	environ(7) for more information.

     TZ		The timezone to	use when displaying dates.  See	environ(7) for
		more information.

EXIT STATUS
     The cpio utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

EXAMPLES
     The cpio command is traditionally used to copy file hierarchies in	con-
     junction with the find(1) command.	 The first example here	simply copies
     all files from src	to dest:
	   find	src | cpio -pmud dest

     By	carefully selecting options to the find(1) command and combining it
     with other	standard utilities, it is possible to exercise very fine con-
     trol over which files are copied.	This next example copies files from
     src to dest that are more than 2 days old and whose names match a partic-
     ular pattern:
	   find	src -mtime +2 |	grep foo[bar] |	cpio -pdmu dest

     This example copies files from src	to dest	that are more than 2 days old
     and which contain the word	``foobar'':
	   find	src -mtime +2 |	xargs grep -l foobar | cpio -pdmu dest

COMPATIBILITY
     The mode options i, o, and	p and the options a, B,	c, d, f, l, m, r, t,
     u,	and v comply with SUSv2.

     The old POSIX.1 standard specified	that only -i, -o, and -p were inter-
     preted as command-line options.  Each took	a single argument of a list of
     modifier characters.  For example,	the standard syntax allows -imu	but
     does not support -miu or -i -m -u,	since m	and u are only modifiers to
     -i, they are not command-line options in their own	right.	The syntax
     supported by this implementation is backwards-compatible with the stan-
     dard.  For	best compatibility, scripts should limit themselves to the
     standard syntax.

SEE ALSO
     bzip2(1), tar(1), gzip(1),	mt(1), pax(1), libarchive(3), cpio(5),
     libarchive-formats(5), tar(5)

STANDARDS
     There is no current POSIX standard	for the	cpio command; it appeared in
     ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (``POSIX.1'') but was dropped from IEEE Std
     1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'').

     The cpio, ustar, and pax interchange file formats are defined by IEEE Std
     1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'') for the pax command.

HISTORY
     The original cpio and find	utilities were written by Dick Haight while
     working in	AT&T's Unix Support Group.  They first appeared	in 1977	in
     PWB/UNIX 1.0, the ``Programmer's Work Bench'' system developed for	use
     within AT&T.  They	were first released outside of AT&T as part of System
     III Unix in 1981.	As a result, cpio actually predates tar, even though
     it	was not	well-known outside of AT&T until some time later.

     This is a complete	re-implementation based	on the libarchive(3) library.

BUGS
     The cpio archive format has several basic limitations: It does not	store
     user and group names, only	numbers.  As a result, it cannot be reliably
     used to transfer files between systems with dissimilar user and group
     numbering.	 Older cpio formats limit the user and group numbers to	16 or
     18	bits, which is insufficient for	modern systems.	 The cpio archive for-
     mats cannot support files over 4 gigabytes, except	for the	``odc''	vari-
     ant, which	can support files up to	8 gigabytes.

FreeBSD	10.1		       September 5, 2010		  FreeBSD 10.1

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