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cp omitting directory

If you see the message “cp omitting directory” after you try to copy a file or directory it means that it can’t copy the directory because you didn’t specify “-r”.

Fix - To copy a directory just use this command:

cp -r mydir1  mydir2

It won’t work if you don’t include the “-r” like this:

cp mydir1 mydir2 

The reason for this is that the cp command is not recursive by default and will not copy directories or their contents.