Copying all files from one directory to another?

Suppose I am in the directory /gopi
And there are directories called as publicsource and publicdest in this /gopi directory.publicsource has some files in it whereas publicdest is empty directory.
 So how to copy all files from publicsource to publicdest from /gopi directory?
When I did,
cp -fR /gopi/publicsource /gopi/publicdest
the directory publicsource is itself getting copied to publicdest directory but i want only the files to be copied. So please help me.Thanks.
gopikrishAsked:
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brettmjohnsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try:
 cp -fR /gopi/publicsource/* /gopi/publicdest

Or
 (cd  /gopi/publicsource; tar -cf -) | (cd  /gopi/publicdest; tar -xf -)



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gopikrishAuthor Commented:
Ok and what does the following command do?
"cp -f /home/files/myfirstscript ."
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brettmjohnsonCommented:
> Ok and what does the following command do?
> "cp -f /home/files/myfirstscript ."

It makes a copy of  /home/files/myfirstscript  in the current directory (.).
The copy will have the same name as the original.  The -f switch  forces
any existing file in the current directory by that name to be overwritten.

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