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using find, exec and cp to copy specific files while preserving directory path

I set up the following folders with empty text files: 1/a.txt 2/b.txt I want to copy only txt files to another directory while maintaining their directory structure. So I tried the following ...
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Why nginx give different results with files whose same file-system Permission?

Every time if I put a file into the doc dir of nginx by using the mv command, it always results in a 403 Forbidden error, but if I do that by using the cp command, no error occurs. I tried very large ...
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How to move and partially rename files on linux

I have versioned files which come out of a build pipeline. foo-1.3.4.war and I need to move these files to have the name foo-dev-1.3.4.war How would I go about this? I was thinking something ...
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UNIX Copy/Move files in same directory preserving timestamp

Following is the scenario. There are multiple files in a directory created by users belonging to same unix group. Unix Group: Prod. User in Prod Unix Group: User1 User2 User3. All 3 users have same ...
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aws s3 cp 'Connection aborted.', ConnectionResetError(104, 'Connection reset by peer')

I am actually writing a simple script to zip a local game save then upload the zip file into my s3 bucket. Somehow it gives me this error though. The most I can find googling around is about filesize ...
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Copying files in Linux keeps full path

I made a script to, every 6 hours, copy a folder to a backup folder, then put them in /var/www/html/backup/. My command to copy the files was cp -vR ~/world ~/backups/Backup\ on\ $date/world My ...
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How to escape all file names in big directory copy with cp?

I'm trying to copy an archive of user data in a folder from one disk over to another for our new NAS system using cp -r dev-disk-by-label-MainAllData/ /root/backup/ but am getting many 'Invalid ...
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'reboot' command doesn't work properly after 'cp' command, 'mv' behaves weird, as well

I have compiled C code running as a binary on an ARM. The ARM boots Linux from an SD Card using an old Image that was generated using buildroot. Within the C code I call a shell script that moves the ...
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what is the best approach to copy /var content

we have linux redhar 7 we want to keep the /var on other volume so the plan is to: mkdir /var_copy cp -rp /var/* /var_copy umount /dev/mapper/vg-a-var /var rm -rf /var mkdir /var mount /dev/mapper/...
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Create copy of file in the same location

I often need to create copy of files in varios locations(, and want to avoid excessive typing). (Then I will edit them) Basically commands are like: cp very/long/path/to/file/my-file_with-long.name ...
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cp is too slow, same with rsync (I assume) - is there a way to share files in two locations?

I am using Docker and Docker cannot COPY symlinked files into the image. But the files that are symlinked are not in the 'build context'. So I was going to copy them into the build context with cp, ...
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Copy files from /var/www/html while they are used by nginx

I have a lot of data in /var/www/html. It's more than 2GB. Now I have the possibility to host the website on the host (nginx is using /var/www/html) or I can use docker. For the user of docker I am ...
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Is it OK to copy files installed with rpm to another location?

I have a script I'm using to install some rpms in my docker image which is shown below. yumdownloader common-jars-${RELEASE_VERSION} \ test-jars-${RELEASE_VERSION} \ rpm -ivh --force --...
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linux copy directory over another directory and if the same rename older files appending the modification date-time

In Linux, I am wondering how one can copy (maybe some sort of merge) one directory over the second directory - which can have the same name - and if two file have the same name then rename whichever ...
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mv fails but cp succeeds on nfs mount

I am trying to move a file from a local directory to an nfs mounted directory on a CentOS 7 server. The export is provided by FreeNAS. Both directories are owned by the current user with at least 755 ...
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ACL mask not updated when cp a directory with g=r-x to directory with default:mask::rwx and default:group::rwx

I want to create a directory, in which all files are read/writeable by a specific set of users. This should work for new files/dirs in this directory, as well as for files/dirs copied to this ...
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copy files, get file names from a list

I am using a command: xargs -a file_list.txt cp -t /path/to/dest but the filenames with whitespace get cut and therefore are not copied. what can be done?
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RHEL 6.7 cache causing out of memory errors

I have a (large) system that has cache behavior that I don't understand. It seems that the cache ran the system out of memory. How is this possible? Doesn't the kernel clean up the cache when there'...
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Copying between lzo compressed BtrFS's: de/re-compressing?

I'm copying a large number of files between two lzo compressed BtrFS filesystems on different drives mounted on the same machine. It appears that the files are being de/re-compressed. Is there a way ...
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Most side effect-free way to archive a large file while it is being modified

I am looking after an application that generates a large amount of data in a log file (about 5G a day) on a Red Hat server. This process runs for 24 hours during the week, so there is no point in the ...
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cp -p will preserve times for some files but not all?

I have a source directory on a machine with a bunch of files, all with the same permissions, that I want to copy to another directory, that is mounted via SMB. [tmark@dexter JR09141045 ...
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How to cp only into the latest directory name?

mkdir test_dir test_dir1 test_dir2 test_dir3 touch file1 file2 file3 cp -v file* test_dir*/ This copies only to test_dir3 and not in test_dir, test_dir1, test_dir2. Why? For that matter it copies ...
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SecAst: Potential documentation issue, Ubutunu 12.04.4 LTS and the command: cp -v

To Generation D: I am writing you about what might just be a documentation issue which hopefully doesn't have significant repercussions. This is something I encountered immediately at the start on ...
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nfs file transfers fail, “cp: cannot stat 'dir_name': No such file or directory” but sshfs works fine

We have a strange issue on our file server (Debian Wheezy 32-bit), where some files within folders contained in an nfs share fail during transfer using the cp command. Howerver, if we mount the same ...
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/bin/sh: /bin/cp: Argument list too long

I have problem with this command: 'cp' -fr /www/*-aws/* /www/mainhost/aws/awstatstotals/tmp/ Error is Argument list too long - I know many /www/-aws/ folders. I know that I can use FIND command, ...
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How can I copy all files in one tree to another tree except those matching a pattern?

I have a directory tree under ./src/ I have another matching directory tree under ./work/ I'm trying to copy all the files in src to work, while keeping the directory structure and excluding all ...
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Linux cp with gzip and numbered backup in one step?

I'm wanting to copy a file and gzip it in a single command/step But I want to do numbered backup if the file already exists i.e. "cp --backup=numbered" or similar. The reason for the single step is ...
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Rotating Backups with RSync and CP - Excludes not working perfectly

My script looks essentially like this: cp -al $yesterdays_snapshot $todays_snapshot rsync -vadlH --exclude-from excludes.rsyc $source $todays_snapshot This works great except for one problem: If ...
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Copy latest created directory

I would like to make a second backup from the latest created backup. So I tried the shell command: last='ls -tr | tail -1' cp -r /path/.../"$last" /path/.../backup/ but it copies a randome backup. ...
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CP command making recursive directories [closed]

Okay so what I'm trying to do is that I have a file and I have to replace about 100 files in the location: /home/*/service*/files/ using that file recursively. I used the following command: cp -r ...
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RSYNC Slow / Copy only changed files?

I have a server that maintains thousands of log files that are nested in thousands of directories. At the moment, I am using RSYNC to copy those log files to a web server where I parse them and make ...
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Improve RSYNC scan speed / Alternate approach?

I'm using rsync to transfer application log files from one server to another. It works fine with the exception that scanning the directories takes forever. I have around 160,000 log files and a few ...
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Copy entire filesystem in a folder where a raid-1 array is mounted

I am trying to migrate from a single disk drive system to a double disk drive software raid-1 system that already has a running system on it. Meaning that formatting and having a new installation of ...
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Linux Shell - How to copy directory without symlink

I would like to get everything inside one directory. How can I copy entire directory (that originally contains files and symlinks) to a new directory that should contains all files but no symlink?? ...
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SFTP: file symlinks in a jailed (chrooted) directory

I'm trying to set up sftp so that a few trusted people can access/edit/create some files. I have jailed a user into their home directory (/home/name) but have run into a problem. I want for them to ...
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copy and replace to folders to another fastest way - linux bash

I have a three folders: core, project and merge with many files inside. I want to delete all files and folders (including dot files) inside the merge folder, and then copy all files (including dot ...
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file copy error from system to cifs mount

When coping a file greater than 64kB from an Ubuntu server to a CIFS mounted windows share, most of the data is copied, but it seems the last chunk doesn't get copied. The size doesn't match, and the ...
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cp command, ignore unchanged files

Is there a way to do a cp but ignoring any files that may already exist at the destination that aren't any older then those files at source. Basically I want to copy the contents of one disk to ...
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preserve permission with scp

SCP does not seem to preserve ownership stamps even if used with -p option. scp -p /mysql/serv/data_summary.* some_server:/mysql/test/ The files are owned by mysql and I want the same ownership to ...
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Replacing directories that are subversion-monitored

We're trying to update an installed software which we have under control by subversion. The update instructions for the software require replacing several directories that have .svn directories in ...
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What does the message, “too many links” mean when using CP on Linux?

I am copying 25,000 folders containing hundreds of files each from one hard drive to another on the same Linux server. The destination folder already contains 25,000 different folders full of their ...
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What's faster for copying files from one drive to another? [closed]

Running linux. I have two identical drives mounted on the same machine. What is faster CP, MV, or RSYNC? Why is one faster than the other? Are there any faster alternatives?
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Does cp -p apply to the source or destination file?

When I use -p to preserve the file permissions of a file being copied, does it apply to the source or the destination file (if it already exists)? Thanks
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Estimating the time needed to copy a big file

I have to copy a relatively big file (6GB) to another server. To enforce consistency, I have to 'lock' this file and not use it during the transfer. I obviously want to minimize this downtime, but ...
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Reverse and modify copy file to all subfolders command, xargs

i found this online it copy file to every sub folder on the current dir for full tree depth find -maxdepth 1 -type d -print0 | xargs -0 -n1 cp -v .htaccess now would be nice if it could ask if ...
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Copy all files to another location [closed]

I have a folder called "employee" and within that folder there are sub-folders with each employee name. employee >> amar >> akbar >> anthony Each of these folders contain 1 or 2 ...
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copy and rename files

Here are my access logs those I want to backup. /var/log/httpd/access_log /var/log/httpd/access_log.1 /var/log/httpd/access_log.2 /var/log/httpd/access_log.3 ... I want to copy all these files but ...
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How to clone with cat?

I want to clone an 8.1gig bootable disk to an 8.0gig disk and have the clone remain bootable. dd causes problems because the destination disk is a few mb smaller than the source. Can "cat" help me ...
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Copy data to a directory

I use the following command to copy data and it is working as expected. cp -pr --reply=yes /db-nfs/mysql3/* /db-nfs/mysql5/ 1) Is there a better way? 2) I want to copy the same data to /db-nfs/...
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cp + not want to overwrite permissions

How do you use the cp command without changing the target file's permissions? For example: cp /tmp/file /home/file I don't want to change chown and chgrp on /home/file.