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Old 12-08-2010, 02:41 AM   #1
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Data lost while coping files


Hi,

A directory /test/test1 is created & under /test1 there are some files & subdirectories with data in it. I had copied the files (text & script files) with command as,

cp -irv /test/test1/.* /test as per the requirement but what i see in destinarion i.e, /test that no files or directory has been copied in /test & the files/directories is also removed from source i.e, /test/test1

so my query is how can i get the files/directories back with data ?

Any responce will be appreciated
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:02 AM   #2
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I am not sure you did what you think you did. A directory /test will be located at the root of the filesystem, that is, it will be at the same level as /root and /usr and /home and so forth. Is this what you intended? I think perhaps you have a directory test with subdirectory test/test1 (note no leading forward slash), which perhaps is in your home directory. That would be: /home/yourusername/test/test1. Is this correct?

Also, you specified your destination alternately as /test and /test1. Again I doubt this is right, and I can't tell what the typo is.

The copy command you specified will be verbose (the v option). What did it say to you when you executed it? Also, the syntax would be cp -irv /test/test1/* /test, using the paths you specified. Note no period.

You have some simple path issue. What you did won't delete any files. You aren't looking where you think you are looking.

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Old 12-08-2010, 06:02 AM   #3
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You have copied files with a . in front of the name. In Linux these are hidden files. To see them you have to use the -a option with ls.
 
Old 12-08-2010, 12:11 PM   #4
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You have copied files with a . in front of the name. In Linux these are hidden files. To see them you have to use the -a option with ls.
D'uh. Yes. That is what you did.
 
Old 12-08-2010, 02:53 PM   #5
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Thanks but still I am unable to see the files, I am able to see . & .. but not the actual files & directories.

Thanks
 
Old 12-10-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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Well, you copied only hidden files.
When there were no hidden files in /test/test1, there won't be any in /test.

The correct command would be:

cp -irv /test/test1/* /test

without the dot before the asterisk
 
Old 12-13-2010, 04:26 PM   #7
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Thanks to all..
 
  


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