Linux cp command

The cp command stands for copy and is used to copy content like files in a Linux system. We’ll show some basic usage below:

Simple copy with cp

cp myFile.ext /path/to/newFile.ext

WildCard cp usage

This will copy all files in the current directory that end with .ext

cp *.ext /path/to/store/newFiles/

Copy directory with cp

This will copy all the content of the folder directory and it’s structure with files to the newDirectory

cp -R /path/to/directory /path/to/newDirectory

Copy with keeping the parent directory structure

This will create a file in the following dirStructure /path/to/newDir/currentDir/path/to/

cp --parents ./currentDir/path/to/copyFile /path/to/newDir
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