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Old 10-20-2006, 12:15 AM   #1
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Copying Directories using cp -r

I am copying a directory using cp -r to another directory.
However both the from and to directories have subdirectories of the same name.
I want directory As subdirectories - their contents, put into directory Bs subdirectories of same name
ie A/a/1.txt and B/a/ already exist, I want 1.txt to go into B/a/

My command is cp -r /A/* /B/ which runs, but doesnt put the As subdirectories contents in Bs subdirectories. Is there a command to actually do this, or do I have to go through all the subdirectories and copy them separately? (which I dont want to do as there are 100s)
Old 10-20-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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Either you've made a typo in your post, or in your command, but what you're trying to do is right.

Here's what you posted (and what's wrong):

cp -r /A/* /B/

Here's what it should be

cp -r ./A/* ./B/

or simply

cp -r A/* B/

I like to throw a -v in there too to see what's happening.

(I assume you see what's wrong - /A means find a directory called 'A' in the root of the file system - which almost certainly doesn't exist... same for /B. './A' or just 'A/' says look in the current directory for a directory called 'A')

Last edited by BrianK; 10-20-2006 at 12:39 AM.
Old 10-20-2006, 01:15 AM   #3
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OK, Ive figured it out, the qry actually did work...


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