I'm trying to use the
cp command and force an overwrite.
I have tried
cp -rf /foo/* /bar, but I am still prompted to confirm each overwrite.
You can do
yes | cp -rf xxx yyy, but my gutfeeling says that if you do it as root - your
.profile has an alias of
cp -i, most modern systems (primarily RH-derivatives) do that to root profiles.
You can check existing aliases by running
alias at the command prompt, or
which cp to check aliases only for
If you do have an alias defined, running
unalias cp will abolish that for the current session, otherwise you can just remove it from your shell profile.
You can temporarily bypass an alias and use the non-aliased version of a command by prefixing it with