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 -)
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.
Sample Output
Script started on Sun Sep 20 13:07:18 2009
$ pwd
$ du -sh 2006
1.1G	2006
$ ls -1R 2006 | wc -l
$ tar cpof - 2006 |( cd ~/Videos/; tar xpof -)
$ du -sh !$
$ du -sh ~/Videos/2006
1.1G	/Users/davidpotter42/Videos/2006
Script done on Sun Sep 20 13:11:37 2009

2009-09-20 20:43:30

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