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Perl Commands for Unix/Linux

by sanPerl (Friar)
on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:16 UTC ( #1015137=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
sanPerl has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear Monks,


I am trying to find out equivalent Perl code/command for
cp - al DIRX DIRY
I would be grateful if I can get any clues please.

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Re: Perl Commands for Unix/Linux
by rovf (Priest) on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31 UTC
    Well, I guess you meant
    cp -al
    and not
    cp - al
    - right?

    Though the usual suggestion for a Perl replacement of /bin/cp, would be to use to File::Copy, this doesn't apply in your case, since you want to create hard links. Is there a particular reason why you don't just shell out, i.e. system('cp -al DIRX DIRY')?

    Ronald Fischer <>
      Dear Ronald
      using system or exec is the default option. However if any Perl module can link and Archive the file while copying, then I will prefer it. It seems that I have to use the default option in this case. Thanks to you for your help.
Re: Perl Commands for Unix/Linux
by toolic (Bishop) on Jan 24, 2013 at 13:14 UTC
      Where is the -l option?

        -l : create a link instead to copy files

        the perl function here should be probably "link" instead copy (or "symlink" if you want instead a soft link). I had not verified that works with directories, so try first with something that you can lose.

        link DIRX DIRY

Re: Perl Commands for Unix/Linux
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:42 UTC
Re: Perl Commands for Unix/Linux
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 UTC
    What does that code do?

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