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cpio(1)								       cpio(1)

       cpio - copy file archives in and out

       cpio -i [ -C ] [keys] [patterns]

       cpio -o [keys]

       cpio -p [keys] directory

       The  command  is	 a filter designed to let you copy files to or from an
       archive.	 The command differs from the command in that lets you archive
       any kind of file, while is limited to program object files.

       This  utility  supports	EOT  handling which allows the use of multiple
       media.  The utility prompts for the next volume when it encounters  the
       end of the current volume.

       This  utility supports the TA90 style sequential stacker loader device.
       The device ejects a cartridge when it is taken off line.	 This  utility
       performs the device ejection on behalf of the user when it encounters a
       multivolume boundary during write or read  operations  involving	 tape.
       The  device  then automatically loads the next available tape (if there
       is one).	 The utility then attempts to access this next tape for a rea‐
       sonable	amount	of time (approximately three minutes) before prompting
       the user for a manual reload operation.

       -L   Permits the program to treat the tape drive as a sequential loader
	    device  even  though  it  is not represented as such in the system
	    driver tables.

-M   Read the final tape mark at the end of the tapeset.  This	option	allows
     convenient positioning for a subsequent command on the no-rewind device.

-i   Copies  files  that  match	 the specified pattern.	 If the pattern is not
     specified, copies in all files.  Extracts files from the standard	input,
     which is assumed to be the product of a previous cpio -o, and places them
     into the user's current directory tree.  For files with  the  same	 name,
     the newer file replaces the older file unless the -u option is used.

     Only files with names that match patterns are selected.  The patterns are
     specified using the notation for names  described	in  In	patterns,  the
     slash  for directories (/) is included in searches using meta-characters.
     For example, suppose the archive  contains	 the  file  and	 the  pathname
     information  in  the  archive indicates that the directory below contains
     the file This command copies both files into the  user's  current	direc‐
     cpio -i *p < /dev/rmt0l

     Multiple  patterns may be specified and if no patterns are specified, the
     default for patterns is ∗ (that is, select	 all  files).	The  extracted
     files  are	 conditionally	created	 and copied into the current directory
     tree based upon the options described below.  The command has three func‐
     tion keys, each with its own set of options.

-C   Specifies	compatibility  mode  for reading archives created with the old
     style header format.  Use this option to copy in  archives	 generated  by
     pre-V4.2 This option is valid only for copy-in (-i) operations.

-o   Copies  out  the  specified  files.  Reads the standard input to obtain a
     list of path names and  copies  those  files  onto	 the  standard	output
     together with path name and status information.

-p   Copies files into the specified destination directory, which must already
     exist.  Reads the standard input to obtain a list of path names of	 files
     that  are	conditionally  created.	 This list of files is copied into the
     destination directory tree based upon the options used.  For  files  with
     the  same	name,  the  newer  file	 replaces the older file unless the -u
     option is used.

       6    Processes a file with the UNIX System Sixth Edition format.

       a    Retains original access times of input files, and can be used with
	    -o	and  -p.   Normally,  the  read(s) used in the copy update the
	    copied file's access time.

       B    Determines input/output is	to  be	blocked	 5,120	bytes  to  the
	    record.   This  option is meaningful only with data directed to or
	    from or

       b    Swaps both bytes and halfwords.

       c    Creates header information in ASCII format and can be used with -i
	    and -o.

       d    Creates subdirectories, as needed, below the specified destination

       f    Copies all files except those that match the specified pattern.

       k    Enables symbolic link handling and is used with the -i, -o, and -p

       l    Creates links wherever possible.

       m    Retains  modification time for each copied file.  This option does
	    not work on directories or symbolic links that are	being  copied;
	    the	 directory  is	always	reset to show the access time when the
	    copy was made.

       r    Interactively renames files.  If you respond with a null line, the
	    file is skipped (not copied).  Use only with the -i option.

       s    Swaps bytes while copying files in.

       S    Swaps half words while copying files in.

       t    Prints a table of contents of the input (no files are created).

       u    Copies  files unconditionally.  (Otherwise, an older file will not
	    replace a newer file with the same name).

       v    Displays detailed (verbose) information as it copies  and/or  cre‐
	    ates  file.	  When	used  with the t option, the table of contents
	    looks like the output of an ls -l command.	For  further  informa‐
	    tion, see

       This  example  shows  how  to  copy  the contents of the user's current
       directory into an archive.
       ls | cpio -o  > /dev/rmt0l
       This example shows how to duplicate a directory hierarchy.
       mkdir ~phares/newdir
       cd ~phares/olddir
       find . -print | cpio -pdl ~phares/newdir
       This example shows how to copy all files	 and  directories  with	 names
       containing  the characters "chapter" in user smith's home directory and
       underlying directories.
       find ~smith -name '*chapter*' -print | cpio -o > /dev/rmt0h
       This example shows the results of using the r option with the -i	 func‐
       tion key.
       ls | cpio -ir > ~smith/newdir
       Rename <file1>
       Rename <file2>
       Rename <file3>
       In  some cases, the -cpio option of the command can be used more effec‐
       tively than pipes and redirects using For instance, the following exam‐
       find . -print | cpio -oB > /dev/rmt0l
       can be handled more efficiently by:
       find . -cpio /dev/rmt0l
       To  copy	 the  contents	of  a  directory  (with symbolic link handling
       enabled) to the tape drive, type:
       ls | cpio -ok > /dev/rmt0h
       To restore the archived files back into a directory, type:
       cpio -ik < /dev/rmt0h
       The following example moves files, including symbolic  links,  from  an
       old directory to a new directory:
       mkdir ~craig/newdir
       cd ~craig/olddir
       ls | cpio -pdk ~craig/newdir

       Pathnames are restricted to 128 characters.

       When  there  are	 too many unique linked files, the program runs out of
       memory and cannot trace them.  In this  case,  linking  information  is

       Only the superuser can copy special files.

       The  architecture  handles  files as large as 8.5 Gbytes.  However, the
       ULTRIX utility cannot restore to disk archived files  larger  than  the
       current ULTRIX limit of 2.1 Gbytes.

See Also
       ar(1), find(1), cpio(5)


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