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Old 05-06-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Can't copy from cdrom

Hello, I am Extremly new to Linux I am using SUSE 9

Logged in as regular user and can not copy from /media/cdrom/

I want to copy a directory and all its files but it won't let me here's what I'm trying

cp /media/cdrom/utils /home/goalswish/utils

I think it may be permission related
I get the message
cp: omitting directory '/media/cdrom/utils'

I realy am stumped
Thanks to anyone who can help.
Old 05-06-2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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It may be possible that you need to change the user permissions to enable you do this.

Try logging on as root first typing "su" at command line then your root password and copy the files

I remember having a similar problem with Vector Linux myself
Old 05-06-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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thanks yes it works in root,I still can not make directories
example of what i'm typing
mkdir /fun/time
any ideas?

Thank You
Old 05-06-2006, 05:05 PM   #4
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cp: omitting directory '/media/cdrom/utils'
cp will not copy directories recursively by default, you need the -r option. Also, you don't need to specify the destination 'utils' directory as cp will use the existing name anyway (but it doesn't hurt). Thus, this should do what you want:

cp -r /media/cdrom/utils /home/goalswish
mkdir /fun/time
Does /fun exist? mkdir will only create the last directory, any parent directories must exist already. If you want to create multiple subdirectories at once, you can use the -p flag, e.g.

mkdir -p /fun/time
Of course, you will need to be root to create a directory immediately under /.
Old 05-06-2006, 09:28 PM   #5
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This helps alot, using the -r helped.


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