Short and elegant way to backup a single file before you change it.

cp httpd.conf{,.bk}
Remember to backup everything before changing it so you can restore all to normal.

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By: ideivid
2011-08-15 16:43:53

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Great command - good to see this one resurface. The original is here: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/145/quickly-backup-or-copy-a-file-with-bash
peterRepeater · 508 weeks and 5 days ago
Please grep the archive.
atoponce · 508 weeks and 4 days ago
@peterRepeater it's exact same command! , i didn't copy it, i am ashamed. :S
ideivid · 508 weeks and 4 days ago
you miss the flags to preserve metainfo (date, perms)
ioggstream · 506 weeks and 2 days ago

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