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    btw: u have to remove the target dir /a/c (by typing cd /a and rm -fr c) and then "p -r /a/b /a/c" (watch the missing trailing /) the copy all files (include hidden ones) within b to the new dir c. - siehe auch hardcoder-board

    CP(1)                            User Commands                           CP(1)
    
    NAME
           cp - copy files and directories
    
    SYNOPSIS
           cp [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
           cp [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
           cp [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...
    
    DESCRIPTION
           Copy SOURCE to DEST, or multiple SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
    
           Mandatory  arguments  to  long  options are mandatory for short options
           too.
    
           -a, --archive
                  same as -dpR
    
           --backup[=CONTROL]
                  make a backup of each existing destination file
    
           -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument
    
           --copy-contents
                  copy contents of special files when recursive
    
           -d     same as --no-dereference --preserve=link
    
           --no-dereference
                  never follow symbolic links
    
           -f, --force
                  if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it  and
                  try again
    
           -i, --interactive
                  prompt before overwrite
    
           -H     follow command-line symbolic links
    
           -l, --link
                  link files instead of copying
    
           -L, --dereference
                  always follow symbolic links
    
           -p     same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps
    
           --preserve[=ATTR_LIST]
                  preserve the specified attributes (default: mode,ownership,time-
                  stamps), if possible additional attributes: links, all
    
           --no-preserve=ATTR_LIST
                  don't preserve the specified attributes
    
           --parents
                  append source path to DIRECTORY
    
           -P     same as `--no-dereference'
    
           -R, -r, --recursive
                  copy directories recursively
    
           --remove-destination
                  remove each existing destination file before attempting to  open
                  it (contrast with --force)
    
           --reply={yes,no,query}
                  specify  how  to handle the prompt about an existing destination
                  file
    
           --sparse=WHEN
                  control creation of sparse files
    
           --strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE
                  argument
    
           -s, --symbolic-link
                  make symbolic links instead of copying
    
           -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
                  override the usual backup suffix
    
           --target-directory=DIRECTORY
                  move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
    
           -u, --update
                  copy only when the SOURCE file is  newer  than  the  destination
                  file or when the destination file is missing
    
           -v, --verbose
                  explain what is being done
    
           -x, --one-file-system
                  stay on this file system
    
           --help display this help and exit
    
           --version
                  output version information and exit
    
           By  default,  sparse SOURCE files are detected by a crude heuristic and
           the corresponding DEST file is made sparse as well.  That is the behav-
           ior  selected  by  --sparse=auto.   Specify --sparse=always to create a
           sparse DEST file whenever  the  SOURCE  file  contains  a  long  enough
           sequence  of  zero  bytes.   Use  --sparse=never to inhibit creation of
           sparse files.
    
           The  backup  suffix  is  `~',  unless  set  with   --suffix   or   SIM-
           PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.   The version control method may be selected via the
           --backup option or through the  VERSION_CONTROL  environment  variable.
           Here are the values:
    
           none, off
                  never make backups (even if --backup is given)
    
           numbered, t
                  make numbered backups
    
           existing, nil
                  numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
    
           simple, never
                  always make simple backups
    
           As  a  special  case,  cp  makes  a backup of SOURCE when the force and
           backup options are given and SOURCE and DEST are the same name  for  an
           existing, regular file.
    
    AUTHOR
           Written by Torbjorn Granlund, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.
    
    REPORTING BUGS
           Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.
    
    COPYRIGHT
           Copyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
           This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
           NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR  A  PARTICULAR
           PURPOSE.
    
    SEE ALSO
           The  full  documentation  for cp is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
           the info and coreutils cp programs are properly installed at your site,
           the command
    
                  info coreutils cp
    
           should give you access to the complete manual.
    
    cp (coreutils) 5.2.1               July 2004                             CP(1)
    
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