copying a home directory onto a removable drive and back

Tom H tomh0665 at
Wed Jul 28 21:57:20 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM, Tim Henderson <bizdev at> wrote:
>> I think if you use cp -ar the a gets you all the links in
>> files. Look at man cp and be sure.
> If you use the cp command (I would not recommend, rsync all the way),
> you should use the -p flag to preserve permissions.

cp -a includes -p and -r

It also preserves selinux contexts and extended attributes.

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