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CP(1)                                               User Commands                                               CP(1)

       cp - copy files and directories

       cp [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...

       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 -dR --preserve=all

              don't copy the file data, just the attributes

              make a backup of each existing destination file

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

              copy contents of special files when recursive

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

       -f, --force
              if  an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again (this option is ignored when
              the -n option is also used)

       -i, --interactive
              prompt before overwrite (overrides a previous -n option)

       -H     follow command-line symbolic links in SOURCE

       -l, --link
              hard link files instead of copying

       -L, --dereference
              always follow symbolic links in SOURCE

       -n, --no-clobber
              do not overwrite an existing file (overrides a previous -i option)

       -P, --no-dereference
              never follow symbolic links in SOURCE

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

              preserve  the  specified  attributes  (default:  mode,ownership,timestamps),  if  possible   additional
              attributes: context, links, xattr, all

              control clone/CoW copies. See below

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

              control creation of sparse files. See below

              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

       -t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY
              copy all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

       -T, --no-target-directory
              treat DEST as a normal file

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

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

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

       -Z     set SELinux security context of destination file to default type

              like -Z, or if CTX is specified then set the SELinux or SMACK security context to CTX

       --help display this help and exit

              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 behavior 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.

       When  --reflink[=always]  is specified, perform a lightweight copy, where the data blocks are copied only when
       modified.  If this is not possible the copy fails, or if --reflink=auto is specified, fall back to a  standard

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

       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.

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

       Copyright  ©  2013  Free  Software  Foundation,  Inc.   License  GPLv3+:  GNU   GPL   version   3   or   later
       This  is  free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent per‐
       mitted by law.

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

              info coreutils 'cp invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.22                                  November 2016                                               CP(1)