Prompt to confirm copy even with cp -f?

Wow – I get so frustrated when I try to copy some files over old ones and I get:

[root@server1 wordpress]# cp -Rf * ../public_html/
cp: overwrite `../public_html/license.txt'? y

-R is recursive, but -f is supposed to copy over without confirmation. What could it be?!

Check out your alias command using ‘alias’:

[root@server1 wordpress]# alias
alias cp='cp -i'

Sure enough – alias is set on Redhat Based systems into -i, or interactive mode. Remove this alias with ‘unalias cp’ and it will be removed.

Happy copying!

5 replies
  1. Anstar
    Anstar says:

    also you can use full path to command:
    /bin/cp -Rf * ../public_html/

    in this case alias will not work :)

  2. Anstar
    Anstar says:

    also you can use full path to command:
    /bin/cp -Rf * ../public_html/

    in this case alias will not work :)

  3. mandy
    mandy says:

    Hi,
    I am also looking for the solution for the above code.Did you get the chance to write the bash script for that .If possible send me that program it would be very helpful for me.

    Thanks

  4. mandy
    mandy says:

    Hi,
    I am also looking for the solution for the above code.Did you get the chance to write the bash script for that .If possible send me that program it would be very helpful for me.

    Thanks

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