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Old 10-16-2003, 06:42 AM   #1
police8677
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Question how does the cp command work?


I'm trying the cp commend but i can't make it work right.
i have red hat and i wrote this line:

cp /directury/filename.

and when this didn't work i varied it:

cp /dirsource/filename /dirdest

and so on and so forth, but nothing seems to satisfy him!!

what should i do?
 
Old 10-16-2003, 06:53 AM   #2
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man cp there is everything about this command
 
Old 10-16-2003, 06:53 AM   #3
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What errors did you get?

cp /dirsource/filename /dirdest
should work. Have you read the manual page?
 
Old 10-16-2003, 06:58 AM   #4
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You might need some options: for example:

cp -Rpdf /mnt/WINDOWS/newdocs /home/paul/Desktop

Last edited by Skyline; 10-16-2003 at 06:59 AM.
 
Old 10-16-2003, 11:42 AM   #5
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That's exactly what I did ( cp /dirsource/filename /dirdest ), but it doesn't recognize the source name:

cp: cannot stat `/dirsource/filename': No such file or directory

if it is suppose to work... it doesn't... as far as i could understand the manual says to do exactly that.

How ever adding the brackets ([ ]) did change something, but now it doesn't reconize the target:

cp: copying multiple files, but last argument `/dirdest' is not a directory

moreover i understood there was suppose to be a short commend line when you are giving it from the target directory:

cp ~/dirsource/filename.

the dot stating: target present directory.
this idea i took from a unix instructor so i'm not too surprised it didnt work.

any suggestions?
 
Old 10-16-2003, 12:03 PM   #6
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/dirdest is telling linux that dirdest is in your root directory (/). you need to learn about directory structure more, it seems. for now, just use the absolute pathnames, for example, if your home directory is police (/home/police), and the two directories you mention are in police, then you would need something like this:

cp /home/police/dirsource/filename /home/police/dirdest/

you can replace /home/police with ~/ unless you are logged in as root, when you will have to use the complete pathname for user directories.

if you already are in /home/police, you can leave that off, and just use

cp dirsource/filename dirdest

notice no leading slashes, because again, that would say the folders are in the root directory (/).

hth
 
Old 10-16-2003, 12:05 PM   #7
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Wild guess, are you typing the name correctly? Linux is a case sensitve OS, meaning that "Name" is different from "name" which is different from "NAME". make sure you are also including the extensions, as .doc, .zip, .mov etc
 
Old 10-16-2003, 12:32 PM   #8
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synaptical, ty!
it was the unnecessary slash at the begining of the path names!

is there a short line commend for the case that you are giving it from the target directory? (like the thing with the dot)
 
Old 10-16-2003, 12:42 PM   #9
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dont think so, but you can tab it its much more easy e.g. your directory is /home/blubb/muh/ the simply type /h ,press tab,b,press tab,m,press tab
 
Old 10-16-2003, 01:05 PM   #10
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Excellent!!
 
  


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