If I'm on my Desktop and I have a file called 'test.txt' on there, and I want to copy that file to say '~/Library/Folder 1/Folder 2/' how do I do that? Also, if there's already a file there called 'test.txt' I'd like to replace that file.

I've tried running

cp -R ./test.txt ~/Library/Folder 1/Folder 2/ 

but that didn't do the trick.

First things first, -R is used for recursive copying, which won't do anything for a single file.

cp default behavior is to overwrite the existing file.

cp test.txt ~/Library/Folder\ 1/Folder\ 2/

The backslash is used to stop the string being split on the spaces.

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