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- 07-05-2011 #1
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- Jul 2011
terminal "cp" problem
cp test.txt test/test2.txt /home/hunti/DesktopCode:
cp: cannot stat `test.txt': No such file or directory cp: cannot stat `test/test2.txt': No such file or directoryCode:
hunti@hunti-Aspire-M7720:~/Desktop$ cp test test/test2.txtCode:
cp: omitting directory `test'
What am I doing wrong??
- 07-05-2011 #2
Let's start from the beginning with the directory creation.
touch testfile-1 ls -al > testfile-2Code:
cp testfile-1 test-directory/Code:
cp testfile* test-directory/Code:
cp testfile-1 testfile-2 test-directory/"I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
It'll happen to you too."
The Fifth Continent
- 07-05-2011 #3
So, let's start with what "cp" does. "cp" copies files. In the first command you ran, you tried to copy a file called "text.txt" in the current directory into the "test/" directory and call the copy test2.txt. The problem is that you do not have a file called "test.txt" in the current directory.
The second command that you ran, you tried to copy a directory, which "cp" will by default not do. To copy a directory, you must use "cp -R" (the -R stands for "recursive"). However, you also cannot copy a directory into itself, so the command would still have failed.
elija's answer explains how to create files and copy them around. If you would like to create a text file with some content that you write, you should use a text editor: vi and Emacs are the very popular ones, but they are very complicated. For a simpler commandline editor, you can try nano. For graphical text editors, try gedit (Gnome) or Kate or KWrite (KDE).