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cp is the Unix command to copy files and directories. For syntax and options see the man page.


 cp file1.htm file2.html 
Copies the file1.htm to file2.htm

For verbose mode just add '-v' flag to 'cp' command

 cp -v file1.pdf file2.pdf

Here's an example to backup the file before you edit the original one

 cp -v fstab{,.orig}

you will get an additional file named fstab.orig

Provided by

Most (all?) Linux distributions incorporate this from the GNU Coreutils: man page

Related Commands

  • mv - Moves files
  • rm - Removes files
  • mkdir - Creates a directory
  • dd - device-to-device copier
  • install - Copy and set permissions
  • shred - Remove files securely