Mac で cp を使うときの注意


cp -rf src dest



     Historic versions of the cp utility had a -r option.  This implementation
     supports that option; however, its use is strongly discouraged, as it does
     not correctly copy special files, symbolic links, or fifo's.

     The -v and -n options are non-standard and their use in scripts is not

BSDの日本語マニュアル(On-line Manual of "cp")も載せておくと、

     従来版の cp には -r オプションがありました。本実装でもこのオプションはサ
     ポートされていますが、特殊ファイル・シンボリックリンク・FIFO などを正しく

     -v および -n は標準ではありませんし、スクリプト中での使用はお勧めしません。

BSDの英語マニュアル(Man Page for cp (freebsd Section 1) - The UNIX and Linux Forums)を見てみたら、若干文章が違うけれど、とりあえず気にしないでおく。
正しく使う場合は、"-R" を使えばOKのようだ。

"-a" でも再帰的にコピーできるようだ。
ずっと "-a" はユーザとグループを維持したままコピーだと思っていた。。。



      -a, --archive
              same as -dR --preserve=all

       -d     same as --no-dereference --preserve=links

       -P, --no-dereference
              never follow symbolic links in SOURCE

       -p     same as --preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps

              preserve the specified attributes (default:  mode,own-
              ership,timestamps), if possible additional attributes:
              context, links, xattr, all

              don’t preserve the specified attributes

       -R, -r, --recursive
              copy directories recursively


     -a    Same as -pPR options. Preserves structure and attributes of files
           but not directory structure.

     -P    If the -R option is specified, no symbolic links are followed.  This
           is the default.

     -p    Cause cp to preserve the following attributes of each source file in
           the copy: modification time, access time, file flags, file mode,
           user ID, and group ID, as allowed by permissions.  Access Control
           Lists (ACLs) and Extended Attributes (EAs), including resource
           forks, will also be preserved.

           If the user ID and group ID cannot be preserved, no error message is
           displayed and the exit value is not altered.

           If the source file has its set-user-ID bit on and the user ID cannot
           be preserved, the set-user-ID bit is not preserved in the copy's
           permissions.  If the source file has its set-group-ID bit on and the
           group ID cannot be preserved, the set-group-ID bit is not preserved
           in the copy's permissions.  If the source file has both its set-
           user-ID and set-group-ID bits on, and either the user ID or group ID
           cannot be preserved, neither the set-user-ID nor set-group-ID bits
           are preserved in the copy's permissions.

     -R    If source_file designates a directory, cp copies the directory and
           the entire subtree connected at that point.  If the source_file ends
           in a /, the contents of the directory are copied rather than the
           directory itself.  This option also causes symbolic links to be
           copied, rather than indirected through, and for cp to create special
           files rather than copying them as normal files.  Created directories
           have the same mode as the corresponding source directory, unmodified
           by the process' umask.

再帰的にコピーしたい場合、ユーザとグループを維持したままでよければ "-a" 、
維持したくなければ "-R" を使えば概ねOK。


色々探してみたら、こちらの記事の方がよくまとめられている(manに「cp -rは使うな」と書いてあった話 - 西尾泰和のはてなダイアリー)