Originally Posted by nhbob
I have created a cdrom copy of the Thunderbird profile from Windows XP.
I then load the disk and click on it and it gives me a folder called "iyz2403k.default". I want to copy this folder to the Thunderbird/Ubuntu profile " /home/bob/.mozilla-thunderbird/tfyu90gh.default/Mail/Local Folders ".
Since you're already using the GUI, why can't you just use that to copy the directory to where you want it?Does something happen when you try to do that? If so, what? Again, please give error messages if any occur.
I do not know how to correctly syntax the copy command, particularly where the folder is on another device. I understand that linux does not need locations like "D" or "E" for cdroms but that is where I get confused.
OK. The filesystem is like a tree, with the directory / being the root of the tree. CD-ROMs, USB disks, etc. are accessed by mounting them. This means to attach the filesystem on them to the main filesystem, so you can access them as if they really were part of the main filesystem. So, you need to find out where the CD-ROM is mounted.
Two ways to do this are
1. Looking in the /etc/fstab file (run "man fstab" in a terminal to learn about this file) and looking for a line that starts /dev/cdrom (or something similar). The entry on that line in the second column tells you where the CD-ROM is mounted, e.g. in my fstab file, I have
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,users,ro 0 0
which tells me the CD-ROM is mounted on /mnt/cdrom.
2. Run "mount" in a terminal and see where it's mounted. Here's one line of output from running mount on my machine:
/dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=continue,data=ordered)
This is not my CD-ROM (because I don't have one), but it tells me that my hard disk (/dev/sda1) is mounted on / (i.e. that's my main filesystem).
So, if I had a directory "stuff" on the CD-ROM that was mounted on /mnt/cdrom and I wanted to copy it to my home directory (/home/nick), I would do
cp -R /mnt/cdrom/stuff /home/nick
Hope this helps.