cp –parents option on mac

On Linux, I have a –parents option available for the cp command so I can do

cp --parents test/withintest/go.rb test2


On Mac, I do not have this option available. Is there a way to do this on Mac? Why is this option not available?

PS. The purpose of –parents is the following:

‘–parents’ Form the name of each destination file by appending to the
target directory a slash and the specified name of the source file.

The last argument given to cp must be the name of an existing

For example, the command:

      cp --parents a/b/c existing_dir 

copies the file a/b/c to existing_dir/a/b/c, creating any missing intermediate directories.


This bothered me quite a lot as well.
A workaround for this could be to use rsync.

rsync -R test/withintest/go.rb test2

has the same effect as cp --parents and OS X comes standard with rsync.

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