[OS X TeX] [OT] Unix question cp -aL

cfrees at imapmail.org cfrees at imapmail.org
Mon Mar 30 00:00:18 CEST 2009

On Fri 20th Mar, 2009 at 17:23, Daniel Becker seems to have written:

> Hallo -
> does anybody know why on a Mac, the command (bash)
> cp -aL balbla blabla
> doesn't work? I mean the -aL option? What is it good for?

Mac is based on BSD and cp is BSD cp. The options differ for GNU cp. If
you need cp -aL, you need to install GNU cp. A useful strategy is to
install the GNU cp as gcp so that cp still accesses the BSD command but
you can easily access the GNU version using gcp.

- cfr

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