How to copy files from one user account to another an retain all file permissions from original account?

We have a system set up into multiple development accounts that basically has multiple copies of the same base system setup. How can I copy all the files from one account's home directory (from /newark) to another (for example, /newark4) and retain the exact same file permissions (owner, group, read/write, etc.), including for sub-directories?
maknightAsked:
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chris_calabreseCommented:
Assuming you have proper permissions to overwrite the files...

(cd /newark && tar cf - the_directory) |
(cd /newark4 && tar xf -)

Where "the_directory" is the directory in /newark you want to copy (or '.' if you want the whole thing).
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maknightAuthor Commented:
This did everything correct except for links, but that is not a big deal. There is only one directory link.
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chris_calabreseCommented:
There are options to tar, cpio, and pax (all are similar and can solve this problem) to handle links in various ways.  See the respective man pages.
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