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Re: cp doesn't overwrite fifos

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: cp doesn't overwrite fifos
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 20:20:09 +0200

>> In this particular case, using the gnu-specific --remove-destination
>> option will make it do what you want.
> Ah, i missed that one. What is the advantage of truncating the existing
> file instead of removing it first?

For some uses, it's the only approach that works, for example
if you have write access to a file in a write-protected directory.
If you care about atomicity, you might prefer to use rsync.

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