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Trying to move a folder to a mounted drive.  Folder is on ubuntu 8 and destination is mounted share on Windows server 2003.

find /opt/backup/backup-zimbra/ iname '2011*' -mtime -1 -exec cp -r {} /mnt/zimbraBackup/ \;

find command works and so does cp if I leave off the -r.  But I need to keep the file tree structure in tact. When i use cp -r I get this error message for some but not all files being copied.

cp:cannot create special file ' mnt/zimbraBackup/backup-zimbra/2011-02-16-00-30-01/cyrus-sasl-2.1.23.3z/state/mux': Operation not permitted

Any help on how I  can copy this and retain the directory tree would be greatly appreciated.
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by:mccracky
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It could be that you are trying to copy a file into a place in the tree that doesn't yet have that directory created.  

the -r option usually applies to the source, not the destination.

wget or rsync might be better to keep the directory structure intact.
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The error message sounds as if the cp-command tries to copy a "special" file which does not work. Special files in Linux are for example fifo queues or block devices which are not real files but rather communication devices or so represented in the filesystem.
I guess it is not possible to copy these as you try to copy them to a Windows server share and the windows NTFS-filesystem does not support those special files.
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by:chenault68
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Had to change tactics.  Went with tar instead of cp

thanks
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