clone directory structure

cp -Rs dir1 dir2
dir1 and all its subdirs and subdirs of subdirs ... but *no files* will be copied to dir2 (not even symbolic links of files will be made). To preserve ownerships & permissions: cp -Rps dir1 dir2 Yes, you can do it with rsync -a --include '*/' --exclude '*' /path/to/source /path/to/dest too, but I didn't test if this can handle attributes correctly (experiment rsync command yourself with --dry-run switch to avoid harming your file system) You must be in the parent directory of dir1 while executing this command (place dir2 where you will), else soft links of files in dir2 will be made. I couldn't find how to avoid this "limitation" (yet). Playing with recursive unlink command loop maybe? PS. Bash will complain, but the job will be done.
Sample Output
tree -i dir1 dir2

dir1
file_in_dir1
link_to_file_in_dir1 -> file_in_dir1
subdir1
file_in_subdir1
link_to_file_in_dir1 -> ../file_in_dir1

dir2
subdir1

(output of tree command without -i switch is nice, but posted here looks terrible)

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By: knoppix5
2015-04-01 22:51:16
cp

What Others Think

rsync -a should keep all attributes. -a implies -p which preserves permissions. See `man rsync` on the `-a` switch. However that rsync command is much longer to type and remember.
Tatsh · 244 weeks and 4 days ago

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