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Old 10-30-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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To copy files from a CD to a folder on your system


Now I have Fedora Core5. My Mandriva has gone to hell. I inserted a CD.It created a icon on the desktop.

I want to copy the whole content of the CD using the 'cp' command.

What is the command to copy the all the files on the CD onto the 'Documents' directory?


[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ pwd
/home/Nissanka
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$



[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 Documents]$ pwd
/home/Nissanka/Documents
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 Documents]$
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Where does the CD resides? I thought when you insert a CD in Fedora Core5, it would reside on the 'mnt' folder.

No it is not there.

[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ cd /mnt
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 mnt]$ ls
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 mnt]$
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:23 PM   #2
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In RHEL4, removable media get mounted in /media (my guess is that Fedora is the same). Once the icon is on the desktop, you know it is mounted---do "more /etc/mtab" to see where.

Assuming it is mounted in /media, then do this:
"cd /media/<mountpoint>", where <mountpoint> will be something like cdrecorder
"ls" (to show everything on the cd)--if necessary, cd into some folders

To copy everything on the cd:
"cd /media/<mountpoint>"
"cp -R * /home/<usernamer>/<foldername>" ---eg /home/frank/documents

One hint: When you go to /mnt or /media, you may see LOTS of folders (mountpoints). To what is mounted and has content, do:
"ls *"
OR
"ls -R *"

Quotes (") indicate commands to be typed--don't type the quotes!
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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You are clever. It is mounted on 'media'

[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ cd /media
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ ls
K3b data project
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$

The name of the cd is 'K3b data project'.

What would be the proper command to copy entire CD onto '/home/Nissanka/Documents' folder?

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[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ cp -R* /home/nissanka/Documents
cp: invalid option -- *
Try `cp --help' for more information.
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ cp -R /home/nissanka/Documents
cp: missing destination file operand after `/home/nissanka/Documents'
Try `cp --help' for more information.
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$

[The * sign is not acceptable. What would be the problem?]

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[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ cp /media/K3b data project /home/nissanka/Documents
cp: target `/home/nissanka/Documents' is not a directory
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$

Last edited by Gins; 10-30-2006 at 12:45 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:48 PM   #4
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You need a space between the R and the *.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:52 PM   #5
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Nylex, it didn't work.


Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ cp -R * /home/nissanka/Documents
cp: cannot create directory `/home/nissanka/Documents': No such file or directory
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$
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[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ ls
Desktop
Documents
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ pwd
/home/Nissanka
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$

Last edited by Gins; 10-30-2006 at 12:55 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:59 PM   #6
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Maybe the folder is "documents"?? (Remember that linux is case-sensitive)
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:01 PM   #7
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It says the destination directory doesn't exist.. you need to manually create that directory first if you are going to issue a command to copy files to it as a destination

mkdir /home/nissanka/Documents
cp -R * /home/nissanka/Documents/
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:01 PM   #8
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No pixellany

I have copied and posted here. If you look carefully, it is 'Documents'.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:04 PM   #9
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Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ pwd
/home/Nissanka
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ mkdir Documents
mkdir: cannot create directory `Documents': File exists
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$

It is already there.
 
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Note that cp will create a new filename when you are copying ONE file. But it will not create a new directory name.

cp <filename> /path/morepath/<newfilename> WORKS

cp <filename> /path/morepath/<newdirname>/<newfilename> Does NOT work
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:09 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gins
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Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ pwd
/home/Nissanka
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ mkdir Documents
mkdir: cannot create directory `Documents': File exists
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$

It is already there.
Are you sure that "Documents" is a directory? (do ls -l)

If there really is a directory /home/Nissanka/Documents, then try copying ONE file to that directory:

eg: cp /path/filename /home/Nissanka/Documents
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:11 PM   #12
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Could you write me the correct command? I must copy a bunch of files.
In the 'media' folder you find 'K3b data project'

Now I am in the media folder.

This 'K3b data project' cd has some of my old work. I did some work on scripting.
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Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ pwd
/media
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:12 PM   #13
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[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$ ls -l
total 48
drwxr-xr-x 2 Nissanka Nissanka 4096 Oct 30 18:29 Desktop
drwxrwxr-x 2 Nissanka Nissanka 4096 Oct 30 17:54 Documents
-rw-rw-r-- 1 Nissanka Nissanka 623 Oct 30 16:57 How_to_find_the_size_of_all_the_partitions_on_my_system
-rw-rw-r-- 1 Nissanka Nissanka 804 Oct 30 16:53 How_to_find_the_size_of_the_Linux_partition
-rw-rw-r-- 1 Nissanka Nissanka 367 Oct 30 16:48 How_to_find_the_size_of_the_swap_file.
-rw-rw-r-- 1 Nissanka Nissanka 308 Oct 30 17:44 How_to_mount_a_partition
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 ~]$
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:26 PM   #14
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The funny thing is that I tried the drag and drop method. That is crude way of transferring files. Especially, when you have to transfer over 50 files.

It worked beautifully.

This is a heck of a problem. The 'cp' command should work. Why doesn't it work?
 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:26 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Could you write me the correct command? I must copy a bunch of files.
In the 'media' folder you find 'K3b data project'

Now I am in the media folder.

This 'K3b data project' cd has some of my old work. I did some work on scripting.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$ pwd
/media
[Nissanka@c83-250-99-43 media]$
Is 'K3b data project' the name of a folder(directory)?
In /media, you should have names like "cdrecorder". You cd into that directory and then you are seeing the files on the CD. Get yoursefl to the point where you are looking at the actual files and directories that you want to copy, then do:

mkdir /home/Nissanka/Documents/CDcontents
cp -R * /home/Nissanka/Documents/CDcontents

I added a new directory step here so that all the CD stuff doesn't get mixed in with everything else in .../Documents
 
  


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