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Old 09-18-2004, 10:42 PM   #1
mark001
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Unhappy cp directory command


I tried to copy /home/user/abcd/ to /home/user/efgh/ using the cp comand, but received the message cp: omitting directory '/home/user/agcd/'. I tried several times with and without the back slash but still got the same message.

could anyone point out what is wrong with the command?

my distro is redhat 8

Thanks.
 
Old 09-18-2004, 10:50 PM   #2
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try with -r option i.e.

cp -r /home/user/abcd/ /home/user/efgh/

cp copies files, -r tells copy to go recursivley to get all the files.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 12:07 AM   #3
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Smile

I type:-

cp -r /home/user/abcd/ /home/user/efgh/


IT WORKED.

Thanks leonscape.

excellent forum for newbies.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 12:12 AM   #4
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Just to point out mark001, it's always good to take a read over the manual pages.

So, using the above example;

Code:
man cp
Scroll down, and read through each switch and see if it does what you're looking for. So in the cp man page, you would have come across;

Code:
-R, -r, --recursive
              copy directories recursively
It just might be helpfull in the future for other commands.

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-Kristijan
 
Old 09-19-2004, 01:50 AM   #5
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Okie, after six months of using linux, I never figured out how to copy directories from the terminal. I guess when I am told to RTFM, I really must RTFM. Or I can just browse linuxforum
 
Old 09-19-2004, 02:00 AM   #6
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The man pages contains lots of information about the commands and some even provide examples. You can learn a lot by going through them. Most questions are easily answer if you just look at the man page.

BTW some of the file managers/web browsers like Konquerer can handle man pages. just type
Code:
man:/cp
in the address bar of konquerer to view the man page of cp. man:/ gives you an index.
There's xman as well. Good for leisure browsing of the man pages...

Gosh, I must be way too bored...
 
  


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