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Old 09-01-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Linuxzoo tutoria,I am working tutorial 1 and i am stuck on question 7. Copy the file yearfile to yearfile2. copy the file yearfile to yearf

I am new to Linux and I am working on Linuxzoo. I am on the first tutorial and I am stuck on question 7. It asks: Copy the file yearfile to yearfile2. Copy the file yearfile to yearfile3. I put "cp yearfile yearfile2" and "yearfile to yearfile3". I keep getting a fail. I feel like I need to create the files 1 and 2 first of which I have done. Itis not working for me.
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Hi rstelle and welcome to LQ.

Where exactly does it fail?
$ cp yearfile yearfile2
That should work fine providing "yearfile" exists and the user you are has read access to that file, and you have a read-write file system so that you can write the resulting file.

Typing the actual string:
$ yearfile to yearfile3
Is not a command and should be rejected in some form, such as "command not found: yearfile"

Perhaps this will work better if you can post the content of your terminal, showing your command attempts as well as the results, and also some more information, such as a listing of the files and an indicator about the environment where you are working. And do so using [code][/code] tags to enclose it so it will appear in a code window. Here's a possible example:
$ ls -l
-rwxrwxrwx 1 username groupname 4096 Sep 1 12:24 yearfile

# Lines with # are my comments and not output or commands.  The above is a listing of a directory using 'ls -l'
# to see file names and file sizes, as well as the privileges and owner of the file
# rwxrwxrwx - means read/write/execute permissions for owner, group, world (everyone) therefore if you are
# the file owner, the first triplet of information applies to you.
# Note it can be things like r--, rw-, r-x, or even ---; which mean read-only, read-write only, read-execute only,
# or other possibilities including "no permissions"

$ whoami

# The 'whoami' command tells us what user you are

$ groups
<mygroup> admin other-group-names

# The 'groups' command tells us what groups you are a member of - you don't need to post them all,
# just confirm that you are a member of the group which the file is attached too

$ pwd

# This outputs the directory where you are located

$ df -h
Filesystem    Size   Used   Avail  Use%   Mounted on
/dev/sda2      126G   5.1G  114G   5%     /

# part of an example showing the diskspace and here /home/<username> is really on the / tree, which is only 5% used.

$ mount
/dev/sda2 on / type ext4 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered)

# Will show a lot of other stuff, both before and after the line you really care about
# The mount command shows all mounted drives, here the important part is "rw" to indicate that '/' is mounted as read-write.
# confirming that you can write to that
I know that's a lot and sorry. These commands may not all be necessary. Perhaps you typed a command, which is not a command, which was about the second point I made.

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Old 09-01-2017, 04:14 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by rstelle View Post
I keep getting a fail.
That's not very helpful. In Linux, error messages do actually mean something...they're trying to tell you what the problem is, you need to read them. There's not a lot we can do to help if you don't tell us what the error messages are.
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Are you trying to use copy to get two files which are the same, apart from their names,
or are you trying to append the contents of yearfile onto the end of yearfile2?

I suggest you put a few lines of data in yearfile, with an editor, and try to produce a valid yearfile2.


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