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Another Command With Similar Behavior
Authored by: bfad on Nov 16, '05 08:41:16AM
To add to the list, ditto also behaves similarily

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Ditto and other mistakes by Apple
Authored by: Mattbot on Nov 16, '05 11:42:43AM

Ditto ignores the slash altogether and ONLY copies the contents of the source directory into the destination. Copying the source directory itself isn't possible, only sub-directories.

Ditto is a fine tool for making packages but a crap replacement for cp. Unfortunately, prior to Tiger, ditto was what Mac OS X used for CLI copying of files with resource forks. Which is why I think HFS+ aware cp was one of the biggest improvement in Tiger.

The real debate shouldn't be BSD cp v. GNU cp but why Darwin cp didn't work with HFS+ file systems since at least Mac OS X Beta. Or perhaps even why Apple stays with slow clunky HFS+ in the first place as there are several higher performance file systems available. Having to wait this long for a useful version of the *NIX standard file copying utility was absurd. Way to drop the ball, Apple.

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