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Re: Proposal for cp -a

In article <>,
C. Bergström <> wrote:
>Aleksey Cheusov wrote:
>>> When you say you think it is very useful, do you mean that it's useful
>>> for NetBSD to mimic other systems, or do you mean that it's useful in
>>> some other sense?
>> Copying directories recursively preserving file attributes is one of
>> the file operation I do regulary. So, -a option seems to me a little bit
>> more convenient to type than -Rp (-P is not mandatory as it is the default)
>> and easier to remember (<A>rchive). Also -a may be helpful for those
>> who come to NetBSD from other systems, notably FreeBSD and Linux.
>> So, yes, mimicing other systems may be a benefit too taking into account
>> that 'cp -a' is accepted in Linux and some other platforms
>> for very long time.
>Why not just alias -Rp to -a on your local system then?

And conditionally alias -a to something else if I am on a linux box because
-P there is -d? I'd rather have a consistent "archive flag".


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