The simple way to reproduce this is:
\mkdir source \cp source target
It's a pretty simple request. I want to copy a directory. I want to copy and not create the directory. I don't want any of the contents (
cp -r), I just want the container itself, without using
mkdir. I don't want to diddle around with the contents of the directory (moving them around) and then do
cp -r. I want to copy the container because I want to match the permissions. I don't want to separately use other commands to sync permissions:
\chmod --reference=source target \chown --reference=source target
cp do this? Oh right, it's GNU .. so it sucks.