'cp' Fails with 'cp: cannot create symbolic link' When Copying Files to CIFS Filesystem (Doc ID 728223.1)

Last updated on MARCH 08, 2017

Applies to:

Linux Kernel - Version: 4.0 to 4.6
Linux x86-64
Linux x86

Symptoms

When copying files to CIFS file system by the command 'cp', the command terminated with the following error:

#mount -t cifs //<samba_server_IP_address>/backup_dir /cifs
#cp -r /cold_backup /cifs
...
#cp: cannot create symbolic link `/cifs/cold_bkup/130708/PRDN_Offline_Backup/
prdnora/8.0.6/lib/stubs/libX11.so.6': Operation not supported

Cause

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