cp -ar to external harddrive

jdow jdow at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 6 09:40:29 UTC 2005

From: "amar_padhi" <amar_padhi at fastmail.fm>

> have you tried cp -pr. The 'p' option keeps the permissions, owner etc.

       -a, --archive
              same as -dpR

So cp -a covers the cp -ar or cp -pr field quite comprehensively.
(Note that -r is the same as -R for cp.)


> On Tue, 2005-12-06 at 07:33 +0000, Bryan Hepworth wrote:
>> Hi Everyone
>> I'm trying to back up /home to an external hard drive (maxtor usb) and
>> wanted to keep the file permissions but when I do a
>> cp -ar /home /media/usb it complains about not being able to do the
>> permissions and they all go across as root instead. 
>> Anyone know where I'm going wrong?
>> Thanks
>> Bryan

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