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Old 11-26-2017, 10:14 AM   #1
DrMatt
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Commands like cp or mv in OS X don't complete, just return a ">"


I searched for this question several ways, but couldn't find an answer, although I'm sure it must have been answered.

I'm running OS X 10.9.5 on a Macbook Pro, and it's been a long time since I used the terminal window. I'm trying it now, but the cp and mv commands return a ">" on the next line, not completing the command. Why does this happen? Could it have anything do with the fact that I'm working in a hidden directory and trying to copy the file to a non-hidden directory?
 
Old 11-26-2017, 10:37 AM   #2
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Without seeing the actual command, my best guess is that you're using a quote in the command somewhere and you've not supplied a closing quote.
Show us the actual command, please.
 
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Old 11-26-2017, 12:41 PM   #3
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I believe you're right! The file name contains an apostrophe, which must have been interpreted as a quotation mark. When I enclosed the entire file name in double quotes, it worked.
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