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Old 01-23-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Copying a file into a directory


I'm trying to instal a printer driver and as part of it I have to copy a file in my home directory into a sub-directory of the same (home) directory. The file is called turboprint.tpkey and the sub-directory is turboprint-1.91. I've tried using the cp command as root but I can't make it work. Can someone please spell out exactly what the command line should look like?

Tom
 
Old 01-23-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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cp ~/turboprint.tpkey ~/turboprint-1.91

paste any errors you got, as it should have errored out if it didn't work
 
Old 01-23-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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Thanks. I find it confusing where you should and should not type a / in a command.

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Old 01-24-2005, 01:47 AM   #4
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If you're typing a relative path, you leave off the leading /. (And any '../foo' path is relative.)

If absolute, you include it. When you use '~' it's sneaky because it includes the leading slash, standing for $HOME (/home/username). So when you use that, you're using an absolute path you need to remember has a leading / already.

As far as the trailing slash, it often doesn't matter but it should definitely only have one if a directory is intended, never for a file, of course.

I'm sure there are more details, but those are the factors that spring to mind.
 
  


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