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.Dd 2015-10-08
.Dt CP 1
.Os sbase
.Sh NAME
.Nm cp
.Nd copy files and directories
.Sh SYNOPSIS
.Nm
.Op Fl afpv
.Oo
.Fl R
.Op Fl H | L | P
.Oc
.Ar source ...
.Ar dest
.Sh DESCRIPTION
.Nm
copies
.Ar source
to
.Ar dest .
If more than one
.Ar source
is given
.Ar dest
has to be a directory.
.Sh OPTIONS
.Bl -tag -width Ds
.It Fl a
Preserve block devices, character devices, sockets and FIFOs.
Implies
.Fl p ,
.Fl P
and
.Fl R .
.It Fl f
If an existing
.Ar dest
cannot be opened, remove it and try again.
.It Fl p
Preserve mode, timestamp and permissions.
.It Fl v
Write "'source' -> 'dest'" for each
.Ar source
to stdout.
.It Fl H
Dereference
.Ar source
if it is a symbolic link.
.It Fl L
Dereference all symbolic links.
This is the default without
.Fl R .
.It Fl P
Preserve symbolic links.
This is the default with
.Fl R .
.It Fl R
Traverse directories recursively.
If this flag is not specified, directories are not copied.
.El
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr mv 1
.Sh STANDARDS
The
.Nm
utility is compliant with the
.St -p1003.1-2013
specification except from the
.Op Fl i
flag.
.Pp
The
.Op Fl av
flags are an extension to that specification.