I want a command (or probably an option to cp) that creates the destination directory if it does not exist.
cp -? file /path/to/copy/file/to/is/very/deep/there
mkdir -p "$d" && cp file "$d"
(there's no such option for
If both of the following are true:
cp(and not, for instance, the Mac version), and
then you can do this with the
--parents flag of
cp. From the info page (viewable at http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/html_node/cp-invocation.html#cp-invocation or with
info cp or
--parents Form the name of each destination file by appending to the target directory a slash and the specified name of the source file. The last argument given to `cp' must be the name of an existing directory. For example, the command: cp --parents a/b/c existing_dir copies the file `a/b/c' to `existing_dir/a/b/c', creating any missing intermediate directories.
/tmp $ mkdir foo /tmp $ mkdir foo/foo /tmp $ touch foo/foo/foo.txt /tmp $ mkdir bar /tmp $ cp --parents foo/foo/foo.txt bar /tmp $ ls bar/foo/foo foo.txt