is there a shortcut on the copy command in linux ?

As we know people have been know to make mistakes in VI.  

Before you edit a file it is advisable to back the file up.

I can type cp /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf  /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf.bk

Is there a faster way to do this to not have to type out the target path ( if I an not always in the target directory ? )

Regards;

timfox123

Redhat 5+
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ozoCommented:
cp /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf{,.bk}
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Since you're using RedHat Linux I'm rather sure that your "vi" is in fact "vim".

Under "vim" you can do this:

Create a file called ".exrc" or ".vimrc" in your $HOME directory and add these two lines:

set backup
set backupext=.bk

From now on vim will create a backup file in the same directory as the original file with a name composed of the original name plus the desired extension (here: .bk) before saving any changes to the original file.
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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Thank you both.

Ozo hit this one perfectly

One last question before I close this ozo ?  How did you know this ( web link ?)

this sure can speed up the process and make typo errors on this command very infrequent
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ozoCommented:
man bash
(or whatever shell you are using)
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