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Re: [tlug] The Mother of All (bash) Commands

Closely related is a fast and easy way to copy directory trees while
preserving permissions:
   (cd /src ; tar -cf - .) | (cd /dst ; tar -xvpf -)

So long as dst isn't a symlink to src ;-)...

(Yes, I did that once without thinking. It resulted in a tree full of zero-length files -- with permissions properly preserved. Besides, if both paths are on the same machine, doesn't 'cp -a' do just as well?)

Joseph L (Joe) Larabell            Never fight with a dragon                     for thou art crunchy
                                  and goest well with cheese.

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