Copy is very command in Ubuntu terminal. whenever we want to copy the directories or files copy command come in to the action. In this article we will lean to copy the directory, copy files, copy with hidden files, copy recursively, copy multiple files, copy with backup, copy interactively.
So, the basic copy command statement is below
cp [options] source destination
Or you can say
cp [options] old old
Copy a file in same folder Ubuntu terminal
To copy a single file in Ubuntu we can use below command
cp test.txt test2.txt
cp is used for copy command,
test.txt is source file,
test2.txt is destination file.
Copy a file in different folder Ubuntu terminal
cp test.txt folder_name/path/test2.txt
folder_name/path/test2.txt, we can copy in folder_name.
Copy a folder recursively Ubuntu terminal
Copy a folder with all content using
cp -R source_folder destination_folder
Copy a file or folder interactively
-i option is used to interactively show the prompt before copy.
cp -i source_folder destination_folder
Copy specific extension file
In some case it requires to copy only some specific file format file then we can use
cp *.txt destination_folder
Copy file or folder with backup
Sometimes we need take backup before copying the files so here is command
cp -b test.txt test2.txt