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Linux Copy Directory HowTo

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How to copy a directory on the Linux / Unix based operating systems from the command line using the cp command (the linux copy command). To copy a directory in Linux we need to use the recursive option for the cp comamnd.

Linux Copy Directory Command

Linux copy directory command:

cp -r dir /destination/path/dir

Note, the above cp command uses the -r option which stands for recursive.

In this exmaple you want to move the directory named “dir1” from /tmp to /root”:

cp -r /tmp/dir1 /root/dir1

Rename the directory you are copying

If you want to rename the directory you’re copying during the copy process use:

cp /tmp/dir1 /root/new-dir-name

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