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It's the same like 'cp -p' if available. It's faster over networks than scp. If you have to copy gigs of data you could also use netcat and the tar -z option in conjunction -- on the receiving end do:
# nc -l 7000 | tar -xzvpf -
...and on the sending end do:
# tar -czf - * | nc otherhost 7000
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-p will preserve the file mode, ownership, and timestamps
-r will copy files recursively
also, if you want to keep symlinks in addition to the above: use the -a/--archive option
Using tape archive create a tar file in Stdout (-) and pipe that into a compound command to extract the tar file from Stdin at the destination. This similar to "Copy via tar pipe ...", but copies across file systems boundaries. I prefer to use cp -pr for copying within the same file system.
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