cp - copy files
The cp utility is used to copy files and directory structures.
If a file descriptor for a destination file cannot be obtained, attempt to unlink the destination file and proceed.
Write a prompt to standard error before copying to any existing non-directory destination file. If the response from the standard input is affirmative, the copy will be attempted; otherwise it won’t.
Copy directory structures.
Take actions based on the type and contents of the file referenced by any symbolic link specified as a source_file operand.
Take actions based on the type and contents of the file referenced by any symbolic link specified as a source_file operand or any symbolic link encountered during traversal of a directory structure.
Take actions on any symbolic link specified as a source_file operand or any symbolic link encountered during traversal of a directory structure.
If none of the -H, -L, -P is specified, the cp utility behaves as if -H was specified.
The following operands are supported:
A pathname of a file to be copied.
A pathname of an existing or non-existing file, used for the output when a single file is copied.
A pathname of a directory to contain the copied files.
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