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The -a flag is probably what you are looking for: cp -a /path/from /path/to The -a flag turns on recursive behaviour (which can also be done with the -R flag), and will also attempt to preserve metadata such as file ownership, permissions, timestamps, links, etc. You should only need to use sudo if you are copying to a location not owned by the current ...
12.04+ You need to do the above in grub, however, you need to add a framebuffer to use the card: echo "FRAMEBUFFER=y" | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash sudo update-initramfs -u
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