How to use cp's –update=none-fail option

I have cp (GNU coreutils) 9.5 on Arch Linux. The help seems to claim it has a --update=none-fail option, which will fail if a destination file already exists:

$ cp --help | grep '--update[=' -A1
  --update[=UPDATE]            control which existing files are updated;

However, this doesn’t seem to be an option when executing cp:

$ cp foo bar --update=none-fail
cp: invalid argument ‘none-fail’ for ‘--update’
Valid arguments are:
  - ‘all’
  - ‘none’
  - ‘older’
Asked By: rcorre


That was a bug in 9.5, fixed with (as yet unreleased):

Answered By: Pádraig Brady
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