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Old 09-13-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
ceantuco
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Smile command to copy a directory


Hi Guys,

I was trying to copy a directory from one place to the other one (local HD) but the cp command doesn't allow me to copy the entire directory. I was able to copy files from there but no directories.
Thanks
 
Old 09-13-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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cp -r will copy recursively
 
Old 09-13-2008, 11:44 PM   #3
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Thanks! the problem wasn't the command I was typing, it was the directory name (upper case/spaces and numbers) Thanks again!
 
Old 09-14-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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use tab

lets say the directory is in /root with name "gappu pad"
type

cp -r /root/gap<press tab here> target
 
Old 09-14-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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for spaces in names i usually put them "into brackets".
 
Old 09-17-2008, 05:03 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ceantuco View Post
Thanks! the problem wasn't the command I was typing, it was the directory name (upper case/spaces and numbers) Thanks again!
directory you want to copy is abc/ target is xyz/

cp -r abc/ xyz/

or if u want to copy a entire directory content then go in the directroy liks

cd qwe/

cp -r * xyz/
 
Old 09-17-2008, 05:09 AM   #7
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directories with spaces "should" have a \ before the space for example


Code:
cp -r silly\ sally/
and this is what the direcotry layout looks like


Code:
root@debian:/home/mgilbert# ls
core       Desktop  Documents  Music     Public       smb4k      Videos
core.9688  dev      hdd        Pictures  silly sally  Templates
root@debian:/home/mgilbert#
 
  


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