Copy multiple files using perl

Posted on 2006-11-16
Last Modified: 2011-09-20

I want to copy multiple files to specific location.
I used the Xcopy command but somehow its taking all the files from the source directory instead of copying supplied extension files.

Is there any way to look up in the source sirectory for supplied extension files. Loop over it and copy files...

Please advise.
Question by:nick2307
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Expert Comment

ID: 17957312
You can use the File::Find module to find all files with a particular extension in a directory tree.
(if you don't need to include sub directories, it would be even easier...)

Author Comment

ID: 17958999
I have done something like this...but its not working.....its not copying files....

use Win32;
use File::Copy;
use File::Find;

open (OUT,">C:\\temp\\files.txt");
find (\&copy,"C:\\temp");
$file_path = "C:\\quality_data";

sub copy
    if ((/\.bak$/))
      print OUT "$File::Find::name\n";

open (IN,"C:\\temp\\files.txt");
@files =<IN>;

foreach (@files)
$file = $_;
print "$file\n";
copy($file,$file_path) or Win32::MsgBox("Result file can't be created", 0 + MB_ICONINFORMATION, "Error:Result File");
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Accepted Solution

Adam314 earned 250 total points
ID: 17959549
You have a sub copy, that prints the file names to a file.  This sub is taking precedence over the copy sub exported by the File::Copy module.  So when you call copy at the bottom, it calls your sub again.

Also, you don't need to write to a file, then read it.  You could do the actual copying in the sub called by the find routine...

open (OUT,">C:\\temp\\files.txt");
$file_path = "C:\\quality_data\\";
find (\&copy_if_bak,"C:\\temp");

sub copy_if_bak
    return if $File::Find::name !~ /\.bak$/;    #skip non .bak files
    return if !-f $File::Find::name;                #skip non files (eg: directories)
    print OUT "$File::Find::name\n";
    copy($File::Find::name, $file_path) or Win32::MsgBox("Result file can't be created: $!", 0+ MB_ICONINFORMATION, "Error: Result File");


Author Comment

ID: 17959699
oh....I didn't looked at it...thats for pointing out...thanks a lot...

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