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  1. #1

    terminal "cp" problem

    I made a folder named "test" on my desktop. After that I wanted to do txt file in it, so I did
    cp test.txt test/test2.txt /home/hunti/Desktop
    and I get error
    cp: cannot stat `test.txt': No such file or directory
    cp: cannot stat `test/test2.txt': No such file or directory
    I also tryd
    hunti@hunti-Aspire-M7720:~/Desktop$ cp test test/test2.txt
    and get error
    cp: omitting directory `test'
    And still see no txt file in my test map. I try'd the help of cp manpage and help but nothing helped me with this.

    What am I doing wrong??


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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    Jul 2004
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    Let's start from the beginning with the directory creation.
    mkdir test-directory
    Now to create some test files. There are many many fine ways to do this and these are just a couple.
    touch testfile-1
    ls -al > testfile-2
    So to copy testfile-1 into our test-directory we simply use
    cp testfile-1 test-directory/
    and to copy both files we can either use
    cp testfile* test-directory/
    cp testfile-1 testfile-2 test-directory/
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    Linux Guru Cabhan's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Seattle, WA, USA
    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).

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