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       cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
       cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=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 -dpR

              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=link

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

              preserve extended attributes whose name matches the
              specified regular expression (defaults to  preserv­
              copy directories recursively

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

              specify  how to handle the prompt about an existing
              destination file

              control creation of sparse files

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

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

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

              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

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

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

       --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 when­
       ever 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
              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.


       Written by Torbjorn Granlund,  David  MacKenzie,  and  Jim


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


       Copyright © 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This  is  free software; see the source for copying condi­
       tions.  There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY


       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 cp

       should give you access to the complete manual.

cp (coreutils) 5.0          March 2003                      CP(1)
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