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     CPIO(1)                                                   CPIO(1)

          cpio - copy file archives in and out

          cpio -o [ acBv ]

          cpio -i [ BcdmrtuvfsSb6 ] [ patterns ]

          cpio -p [ adlmruv ] directory

          Cpio -o (copy out) reads the standard input to obtain a list
          of path names and copies those files onto the standard out-
          put together with path name and status information.

          Cpio -i (copy in) extracts files from the standard input
          which is assumed to be the product of a previous cpio -o.
          Only files with names that match patterns are selected.
          Patterns are given in the name-generating notation of sh(1).
          In patterns, meta-characters ?, *, and [...]  match the
          slash / character.  Multiple patterns may be specified and
          if no patterns are specified, the default for patterns is *
          (i.e., select all files).  The extracted files are condi-
          tionally created and copied into the current directory tree
          based upon the options described below.

          Cpio -p (pass) reads the standard input to obtain a list of
          path names of files that are conditionally created and
          copied into the destination directory tree based upon the
          options described below.

          The meanings of the available options are:

          a    Reset access times of input files after they have been
          B    Input/output is to be blocked 5,120 bytes to the record
               (does not apply to the pass option; meaningful only
               with data directed to or from /dev/rmt?).
          d    Directories are to be created as needed.
          c    Write header information in ASCII character form for
          r    Interactively rename files.  If the user types a null
               line, the file is skipped.
          t    Print a table of contents of the input.  No files are
          u    Copy unconditionally (normally, an older file will not
               replace a newer file with the same name).
          v    Verbose: causes a list of file names to be printed.
               When used with the t option, the table of contents
               looks like the output of an ls -l command (see ls(1)).

     CPIO(1)                                                   CPIO(1)

          l    Whenever possible, link files rather than copying them.
               Usable only with the -p option.
          m    Retain previous file modification time.  This option is
               ineffective on directories that are being copied.
          f    Copy in all files except those in patterns.
          s    Swap bytes.  Use only with the -i option.
          S    Swap halfwords.  Use only with the -i option.
          b    Swap both bytes and halfwords.  Use only with the -i
          6    Process an old (i.e., UNIX Sixth Edition format) file.
               Only useful with -i (copy in).

          The first example below copies the contents of a directory
          into an archive; the second duplicates a directory hierar-

               ls | cpio -o >/dev/mt0

               cd olddir
               find . -depth -print | cpio -pdl newdir

          The trivial case ``find . -depth -print | cpio -oB
          >/dev/rmt0'' can be handled more efficiently by:

               find . -cpio /dev/rmt0

          ar(1), find(1), cpio(4).

          Path names are restricted to 128 characters.
          If there are too many unique linked files, the program runs
          out of memory to keep track of them and, thereafter, linking
          information is lost.
          Only the super-user can copy special files.
          The -B option does not work with certain magnetic tape