Quoting Niall O Broin (niall at linux.ie):
> Another option is to use cp -a (I'm using find | cpio for years, something I
> started to do on Unices which didn't have a -a option to cp)
This is only relatively safe on the GNU implementation of cp, however,
and it's a good idea to be in the habit of do cp -ax (eXclude
sub-mounted filesystems), just to prevent you from accidentally copying
/proc , one day.
> However, both the cp and cpio methods failed for me here - they didn't
> maintain the symlinks and filled the destination disk.
That's very odd, given that you used the appropriate switches.
I've included a number of tips about copying directory trees and
filesystems, both within and between Linux hosts, here:
And, yes, rsync _is_ wonderful. It's my preferred tool for such things.
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