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Re: missing feature in cp

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: missing feature in cp
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 19:34:14 +0200
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Michael Meß <address@hidden> wrote:
> I would like to copy files with cp and never overwrite existing files.
> I can use cp -i, but I don't want to say 'n' 1000 times (because there
> is no "No for all" option) or I just want to do that in a batch file,
> where I cannot give any answers to questions.

In recent test releases of the fileutils there is an option
to do just what you want:

      --reply={yes,no,query}   specify how to handle the prompt about an
                                 existing destination file

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