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Re: what will happen to the --reply option?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: what will happen to the --reply option?
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 22:15:36 -0600
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According to alessandro salvatori on 8/25/2007 9:58 PM:
> Hello,
>   some scripts I wrote time ago are now displaying a lot of lines like this
> one:
> cp: the --reply option is deprecated; use -i or -f instead
> which is fairly annoying...

We deprecated --reply because too many people did not understand how it
would work - it does not prevent overwriting files, rather, it only
answers no _if a prompt would have been issued_.  This issue has come up
several times; you can search the mail archives for more details.

> On top of that the only way for me to get the desired behaviour of skipping
> existing files seems to be:
> yes | tr 'y' 'n' | cp -iR source/ destination/ 2>/dev/null

"yes | tr 'y' 'n'" is overkill, why not just use "yes n"?

> which would then conceal any kind of error message (again, annoying)...

Why not use "rsync --ignore-existing" instead?

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