Copy folder content including hidden files

You can copy the content of a folder /source to another existing folder /dest, including hidden files, with the command:

$ cp -a /source/. /dest/
  • The -a option is an improved recursive option, that preserve all file attributes, and also preserve symlinks.
  • The . at end of the source path is a specific cp syntax that allowes to copy all files and folders, including hidden ones.