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|Summary:||cp -f (force copy) asks for confirmation|
|Product:||[Fedora] Fedora||Reporter:||Adrian <adrian>|
|Component:||coreutils||Assignee:||Tim Waugh <twaugh>|
|Status:||CLOSED NOTABUG||QA Contact:|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||2005-03-08 07:40:15 EST||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
Description Adrian 2005-03-08 06:46:09 EST
Description of problem: As root, if you run "cp -f file1 file2" and file2 exists, the command asks for confirmation: "cp: Overwrite ï¿½file2ï¿½? (y/n)". The "-f" option should omit the confirmation request. Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): coreutils-5.2.1-31 How reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. su - 2. touch file1 file2 3. cp -f file1 file2 Actual Results: I'm asked for confirmation: cp: Overwrite ï¿½file2ï¿½? (y/n) Expected Results: Confirmation shouldn't appear. Additional info: FedoraCore3 coreutils-5.2.1-31 (comes with the distribution) There are no update available in the updates-released repository.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2005-03-08 07:40:15 EST
No, that's not what the -f option is for. Use --reply=yes to omit confirmation questions.
Comment 2 Adrian 2005-03-08 09:14:10 EST
Sure? I've always used -f option to avoid the question. Running "cp --help" I obtain: -f, --force borra los destinos que ya existan, sin preguntar Translated: -f, --force deletes existing destinations, without asking Maybe a recent change in the functionality of cp?
Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2005-03-08 09:40:12 EST
Yes, I'm sure -- and if that's what cp --help really says then the translation is incorrect. Here is the original: -f, --force if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove it and try again This is POSIX territory. We *used* to patch cp so that -f also had the effect that --reply=yes now does, because at the time the latter option did not exist.
Comment 4 Adrian 2005-03-08 10:08:28 EST
I see... Hmmm, the new option looks a bit long: cp --reply=yes ... Let me make a suggestion. What about patching cp so that -y assumes "yes" in all questions? cp -y ... The -y option is used in many commands, and I suppose it would be useful for cp too.
Comment 5 Tim Waugh 2005-03-08 11:25:15 EST
It's better to have fewer patches in our packages -- we already patch coreutils heavily enough. Feel free to suggest this on the bug-coreutils mailing list.
Comment 6 Adrian 2005-03-10 04:23:10 EST