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PERL Copy command not working for me

Posted on 2009-04-10
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I am trying to copy one file from one directory to another..

use File::Copy;
use File::Path;
copy("begperl/MODE3.txt","BASELINE/MODE4.txt"); but for some reason it's not calling an error and it is not copying the file either :'( i also tried this:
 
sub copy
{ my($from, $to) = @_;
  if(open(IN, $from))
  {  if(open(OUT, ">$to"))
     {  while(read IN, $buf, 4096)
        {   print OUT $buf;
        }
        close IN;
        close OUT;
        }
     close IN;
  }
}
 
&copy("/begperl/MODE3.txt","/BASELINE/MODE4.txt");
 
and nothing :'( do you know where my mistake could be? thankssssssss :) you're awesome :)

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Question by:cucugirl
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by:Adam314
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You should display the error when it doesn't succeed:
    copy("begperl/MODE3.txt","BASELINE/MODE4.txt") or die "Could not copy: $!\n";

Or when you open:
    if(open(IN, $from)) {
       ...
    }
    else {
        die "Could not open input: $!\n";
    }

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by:cucugirl
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Could not copy: No such file or directory
it's weird though because the file exists.. M:\begperl and M:\BASELINE
im trying to copy the file from begperl to BASELINE

thanks! for that tip :)
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by:Tintin
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That file may exist, but you have specified a relative path rather than an absolute path.

Use

copy "M:/begperl/MODE3.txt","M:/BASELINE/MODE4.txt" or die "Could not copy MODE3.txt because $!\n";
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by:marchent
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Use the windows copy command directly using function system();

system("copy M:/begperl/MODE3.txt M:/BASELINE/MODE4.txt");
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marchent>>Use the windows copy command directly using function system()

Doing this, you don't know if the command is successful.  It'd be better to fail and know it than to fail and not know it.
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