diff -Naur /source/path /target/path --brief | awk '{print "cp " $2 " " $4}' | sh

Copy all file differences to an existing mirror location

I use this a lot to sync changes between folders that don't share a SVN or GIT repository. If you want to preview the command before executing, just leave out the last part ("| sh")

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2012-04-13 12:07:20

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