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A friendly file copier/installer

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doppel copies files or directories to a destination (a file, directory, or archive). Think of it as the offspring of *install(1)* and *tar(1)*.


doppel [OPTION]... SOURCE... DEST

To copy files or directories, just list the sources as arguments followed by the destination: doppel src1 src2 dst. By default, if only one source is specified, it is copied onto the destination; if multiple sources are specified, they are copied into the destination. This default can be explicitly specified with -o/--onto or -i/--into, respectively.

If the destination requires administrator access to write to, doppel will try to detect this an automatically provide a sudo (or equivalent) prompt before copying.

Note: Unlike install(1), doppel copies relative symlinks as symlinks by default. To adjust this behavior, you can use the --symlink option, described below.


-C, –directory=DIR

Change to directory DIR before resolving paths of source files.

-f, –format=FMT

Set the format of the output archive; one of: tar, gzip, bzip2, or zip. If this option is specified, --into is implied. If not set, source files will be copied normally, and no archive will be created.

-i, –into

Copy sources into directory DEST.

-m, –mode=MODE

Set the file permissions to MODE (an octal) when copying. Note: this has no effect when --format=zip.

-N, –full-name

When copying, use the full name of each source file as specified on the command line instead of just the tail. This behavior is similar to *tar(1)*.

-o, –onto

Copy a single source onto file or directory DEST.

-p, –parents

Automatically create parent directories for DEST as needed.

-P, –dest-prefix=DIR

A prefix to add to the paths of destination files. This only applies when using --format.

-r, –recursive

Recursively copy source directories to the destination.

-S, –sudo=WHEN

Before copying, elevate with sudo (or your platform’s equivalent). WHEN is one of always, auto (the default), or never. If auto, doppel will attempt to determine automatically if sudo would be needed before performing the copy.


Read options from file and use them when executing.


Display a help message and exit.


Output version information and exit.


This project is licensed under the BSD 3-clause license.

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