Say no to overwriting if cp -i is the default alias.

\cp something toSomeWhereElse
If the problem is an aliased synonym for a command, you can still execute the original command by pre-pending it with a reverse-slash '\'. This works at least in Bash, but I guess the aliasing system refers definitely to Bash (and not only).

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By: xakon
2010-09-25 03:07:04

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(it's =cp on zsh) but more to the point, cp will overwrite without the -i option as the default -i turns cp into interactive mode, so it asks each time you try to ovewrite (hence using "yes" to answer "no" to each inquiry) so what you really need is \cp -n something toSomeWhereElse or =cp -n something toSomeWhereElse on zsh (regardless of what cp is aliased to)
infinull · 627 weeks and 2 days ago
works for rm too. :)
Habitual · 627 weeks and 1 day ago
Generally - escape a command to avoid using an alias. Bad description. That is actually NOT an alternative way to say no\yes to overwrite with cp -i, but a way of using the original command.
RanyAlbeg · 627 weeks and 1 day ago
Actually, it works indeed for any command which has been aliased and has its name hidden by an alias declaration. The very useful one used to be \ls which used to be overridden in past times by crackers who had penetrated a UNIX system. I agree with the fellow that the description is totally wrong. It was only the case that another user proposed a similar approach with this title at the beginning.
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