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Re: [PATCH]: add an option for quiet copy operations

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: [PATCH]: add an option for quiet copy operations
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:01:36 +0000
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On 02/16/2012 07:21 AM, Guido Trentalancia wrote:
> Hello.
> I am writing to propose a simple patch for review. The patch adds an
> option "-q" or "--quiet" to cp, mv and install so that they can support
> quiet operation on missing SOURCE files.
> Such behavior might be useful for example when using any of the above
> commands from scripts.
> The patch can be applied both to the git tree and to the latest release.
> Add an option "-q, --quiet" for cp, mv and install so that the program
> does not complain about any missing SOURCE file.
> Signed-off-by: Guido Trentalancia <address@hidden>

Thanks a lot for taking time to do the patch.
I'm not sure about it though.
You could easily use other tools to filter non existent arguments.
Something like:

  find file1 file2 -print0 2>/dev/null |
  xargs -r0 cp --target=dest/

Or alternatively something like:

  cp $(realpath -e file1 file2 2>/dev/null) dest/


p.s. Hmm, I wonder should `realpath -e` suppress ENOENT.
readlink -e does

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