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quick copy

Terminal - quick copy
cp foo{,bak}
2014-01-22 14:09:42
Functions: cp
11
quick copy

Utilizes shell expansion of {} to give the original filename and a new filename as arguments to `cp`. Can easily be extended to make multiple copies.

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Terminal - Alternatives
cp file.txt{,.bak}
2009-01-26 12:11:29
User: root
Functions: cp
35

Uses shell expansion to create a back-up called file.txt.bak

cp httpd.conf{,.bk}
2011-08-15 16:43:53
User: ideivid
Functions: cp
Tags: backup cp
17

Remember to backup everything before changing it so you can restore all to normal.

cp -bfS.bak filename filename
2009-06-30 14:17:28
User: ioggstream
Functions: cp
6

less symbols, tab completion.

including # export SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX="_`date +%F`" in your .bashrc provides you to easily timestamp your files

cp filename{,.`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`}
2014-02-21 10:21:28
User: techtonik
Functions: cp
0

This inserts timestamp instead of .bak extension.

cp -p file.txt{,.bak}
2014-09-12 13:49:26
User: RedFox
Functions: cp
0

Use shell expansion to create a back-up copy (file.txt.bak) of a file (file.txt) and keep the original last modified date and time.

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cp -r foo{,bak}

prevent form omitting directory

Comment by amjad2u 24 weeks and 5 days ago

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