I’d been doing a lot of work in Fedora 8’s Terminal. I’m copying files often. My work with cp caused me to get the overwrite prompt frequently and in an effort to increase productivity I was looking for a way to supress it. The option I needed was --force. When I invoked cp with -f it was still prompting me to overwrite the file. Hmmm. What do I not understand about force? I sheepishly asked a colleague what is doing on. He said to type alias and see what I get. Low and behold alias has cp='cp -i' effectively negating my -f. Ugh. Going direct with /bin/cp -f bypasses the alias. Editing the alias is an option too.