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Old 09-13-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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Copying files form a windows-burnt CD to a linux designation?

Well, before I deleted my windows install, I backed up all my mp3 files to CD using Nero.. Now I have linux up and running, I wish to transfer all the said files into my home directory, (/home/mp3s).. The thing is, alot of the files were stored and burnt in windows directorys..
So as an example, all my jazz mp3s would be in the directory "Jazz" and then sub-directorys for artist/album names. I noticed that when I typed dir (:/cdrom$dir) it came up with weird directory names like "The/ Modern/ Jazz/ Quartet/" and such-like.. I tried to switch directory by typing cd the/ modern/ jazz/ quartet, but that just gives me an error message...?

What I'd like to know is, is there a way to copy all the files in one go using the command line. I've tried cp *.* /home/mp3s, but that only copys "loose" mp3s that are not placed in a windows directory..


Old 09-13-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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From man cp

cp -r /a /b will copy directory a into /b/a

You need the -r option to go into the directories..
Old 09-13-2004, 01:14 PM   #3
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from the root of your cdrom, try
cp -rv --parents ../* /home/mp3s/
hope this helps...

edit: looks like peter_robb beat me to it
also, dont need the --parents i have just gotten in the habit from other copying that i have done where i want a specific file but the full path to be created at the destination, and of course v is just so you see what is going on

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Old 09-13-2004, 01:38 PM   #4
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Sorry to say it, but thats just not working, I think mainly becouse as I said, the directory names look screwed up.. the first word in a directory name has no slash, but all the rest of the word do.. If a directory was called Blow up Soundtrack in windows, it now looks like Blow /up /Soundtrack..

I'm a tad baffled to say the least

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I seem to recall seeing this happening in Slackware a few times because I also burn lots of stuff in Windows. (Can't get K3B working yet. Dang!) If memory serves, it's just because there are spaces in the directory names - try cd "Blow Up Soundtrack" from your example to change to that directory (ie, ignore the slashes and enclose in quote marks). If it still bugs you, try renaming the directories without spaces!

I could, of course, be talking out of my hat. *Meh*. Those are the risks you take.
Old 09-13-2004, 03:26 PM   #6
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I used a second option.. I apt-got (debian here..) filerunner, then under fluxbox cracked it open, and copied all the files using filerunner.. Wimps way out

Old 09-13-2004, 05:00 PM   #7
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spaces and special characters are not directly recoginzed under linux as they are in winders...

the \ you see in the file name simply means the charatcher after it is not a "mistake"

So with that... there was nothing wrong with your cd... it just doesnt look as you think it should from the command line


Modern Jazz = Modern\ Jazz

so if you mounted the cd.. if you wanted to move to the modern jazz directory you would type this

cd /mnt/cdrom/Modern\ Jazz/


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