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Bulk copy large blocks of data between File Systems (run as root iff you do not own all of the files!)

Terminal - Bulk copy large blocks of data between File Systems (run as root iff you do not own all of the files!)
tar cpof - src |( cd des; tar xpof -)
2009-09-20 20:43:30
Functions: cd tar
Bulk copy large blocks of data between File Systems (run as root iff you do not own all of the files!)

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.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
cp -pr olddirectory newdirectory
2009-08-22 22:11:24
User: stanishjohnd
Functions: cp

cp options:

-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

tar -C /oldirectory -cvpf - . | tar -C /newdirector -xvf -
2009-08-22 20:05:49
User: Cowboy
Functions: tar

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

(cd /source/dir ; tar cvf - .)|(cd /dest/dir ; tar xvpf -)
(cd /source/dir ; tar cv .)|(cd /dest/dir ; tar xv)
2009-07-19 10:31:13
User: marssi
Functions: cd tar

the f is for file and - stdout, This way little shorter.

I Like copy-directory function It does the job but looks like SH**, and this doesn't understand folders with whitespaces and can only handle full path, but otherwise fine,

function copy-directory () { ; FrDir="$(echo $1 | sed 's:/: :g' | awk '/ / {print $NF}')" ; SiZe="$(du -sb $1 | awk '{print $1}')" ; (cd $1 ; cd .. ; tar c $FrDir/ )|pv -s $SiZe|(cd $2 ; tar x ) ; }

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