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Re: tar, cpio, or cp?

Peter S Galbraith wrote:
   tar cf /path | ( cd other/path ; tar xvf -)
srz@mckesson.com (Stephen Zander) writes:
   cd /path; find . | cpio -dump /other/path
Why not 
   cp -a /path /other/path

Are there real differences between the three?  What about symlinks,
hard links, empty dirs, devices?  I know, I could read the manuals,
but after a first look none of the three seems to do everything right,
that's why I am asking.


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