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Re: forcing overwrite with cp in FC5



On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 06:13 -0400, Michael W Cocke wrote:
> I know this must have been covered before, but I can't find it...
> 
> How can I get cp to overwrite existing destination files without being
> prompted for every file?  --force doesn't do it, --remove-destination
> doesn't do it (although from reading the man page I would expect
> either one to to work) and --reply=yes complains that it's being
> depreciated.
> 
> If the answer is "'you can't", can I get a pointer to the source for
> cp?
> 
As a normal user, cp does not ask for permission to overwrite.
As root cp is actually an alias to "cp -i" and thus it asks for
permission to overwrite, delete, etc.

If you are running as root and "really" want to overwrite files (and
maybe change ownership/permissions as well) then a simple "cp -f" will
override the -i and force it to continue.

> Thanks!
> 
> Mike-
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