Copy a file like unix cp -a --reflink

Anssi Saari as at
Fri Dec 20 20:17:20 CET 2013

Paulo da Silva <p_s_d_a_s_i_l_v_a at> writes:

> Hi!
> Is there a way to copy a file the same as Unix command:
> cp -a --reflink src dest
> without invoking a shell command?

I vaguely remember this was asked and answered some time ago and the
answer was no, even just for -a.  In fact, the python shutil module
documentation starts with a warning to that effect. The --reflink stuff
would be another thing altogether.

More accurately, currently the only way would be to duplicate this
functionality of cp in python.

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