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bug#25589: Probably a bug in cp

From: Francesco Asnicar
Subject: bug#25589: Probably a bug in cp
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:18:44 +0000

Dear all,
I'm facing a problem with the cp command when using the -a (or
--preserve=all) parameter.
The problem is that the ownership of either files and folders is not
I did several tests in which I tried to used different options, like
--preserve=all instead of using -a, -p, and --preserve=ownership.
I tried different version of cp present in different OS, for instance, the
version 8.21 on a Ubuntu 14.04 and the version 8.26 on Arch (update as
The result, regardless of the version and OS is always the same, the
ownership is not preserved.

Many thanks,

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