quickly backup or copy a file with bash

cp filename{,.bak}

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By: elofland
2009-02-05 17:12:03
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this is using the bash shell I think... The same thing will work using mv e.g. mv filename{,.bak} nice command
finkployd · 485 weeks and 1 day ago
I cannot tell you how many types I've typed out this command the hard way. Of course one could write a bash/perl one-liner that would do the same thing "backify, or somesuch" with less typing :-D
QuantumFTL · 485 weeks ago
Here is some info on the general case. http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/bash-brace-expansion
terrasect · 485 weeks ago
Using tab-completion, I don't know how much time this would save, especially having to type out all the symbols
swegner · 483 weeks and 4 days ago
Lots of time. Typing symbols is not difficult. Think of a dir with files named test1_a2_tt.dat or something, but hundreds of them, tab completion will only help so much here.
jonathan · 483 weeks and 2 days ago
Or think of a case when you are not in the directory, but want to backup/edit the file from where you are.
ozymandias · 482 weeks and 3 days ago
I prefer tab completion too, i.e. start typing the filename again and then tab, adding .bak to the end.
Buzzcp · 475 weeks and 5 days ago
Okay, I get it now. There can't be a space between filename and the opening brace. For anyone more newb than me... NO SPACES!
xizdaqrian · 473 weeks and 2 days ago
tab completion or middle-click can be faster, that depends. anyway the game is to find the best solution in each case :P
ioggstream · 463 weeks and 4 days ago
Another option would be to do [CTRL-W] to cut the filename, then [CTRL-Y][space][CTRL-Y].bak. If there are non-keyword characters (ie [[:alnum:]_] in the , you'll have to hit CTRL-W a few times consecutively.
intuited · 439 weeks and 3 days ago
Very handy when tab-complete does not work, and no mouse working from console :)
alf · 399 weeks and 5 days ago
It's very useful~
deargodzw · 365 weeks and 5 days ago
you can use : mv, diff, ...
Koobiac · 359 weeks and 2 days ago

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