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how to unzip a file from one folder to another folder

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say no my zip file is in a folder and i want to move the unzip a file to b folder how?
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by:lwadwell
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Hi tankergoblin,

To move (or copy) files I suggest you use the the File::Copy package  .. if the file was called "a.txt" then:

use File::Copy;
move("/old/folder/a.txt","new/folder") or die "File move failed $!";

To do the unzip into another folder, suggest you use the Archive::Extract package:

use Archive::Extract;
my $zip = Archive::Extract->new( archive => '/path/to/test.zip' );  # specify the file to unzip here
my $ok = $zip->extract( to => '/new/folder' ) or die $zip->error; # specify the folder to unzip into here


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by:tankergoblin
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i dont have extract package

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by:tankergoblin
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below is use for testing

#!/usr/bin/perl
use File::Copy;

move("c:/a.txt","d:/a.txt") or die "File move failed $!";

i receive error saying that
file move failed bad file descriptor at c:/test.pl line 4.
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by:lwadwell
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tankergoblin,

What perl distro are you using?  Could you add the Archive::Extract package?

What are you using to unzip (where is it from) as I would need to look at its options to see if it can.


I could find nothing wrong with your short script for testing the move() ... it works for me, I had to use a sub-directory as I get permission problems using the root c:\ directory.  
Did you try using a different directory to the "root" directory?
Another guess, but try using DOS directory back slashes, you will need to use single quotes for that to work:

use File::Copy;
move('c:\a.txt','d:\a.txt') or die "File move failed $!";

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by:tankergoblin
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are you using linux ??
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by:tankergoblin
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im using Archive::Zip;
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by:tankergoblin
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i also tried rename as below
rename ("c:/a.txt","d:/a.txt") or die "File move failed $!";

cannot also
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lwadwell earned 150 total points
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tankergoblin,

No ... I am using windows (Vista even) ...

I thought your were using windows are you were using c:/ and d:/ ... which are windows drive specifications.  Perhaps you should avoid those and use linux paths??

what is the folder/directory that contains the test file and what is folder/directory that you want move it into ?


BTW. And, if you are using Archive::Zip ... I am surprised you don't have Archive::Extract installed.  You sure you don't have it and cannot add it?

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what error did you get when the rename failed?
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by:tankergoblin
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i dont get any error
i use rename to move my file from one drive to another.
but after i run the file is not moved to the drive i want it to be..
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by:vikaskhoria
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I guess you were getting the error because of this reason:

You are using Windows and have used file separator as /, use \ instead.
i.e. C:\text.txt etc
This should help with the original error.
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by:Adam314
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Are you trying to move an existing file to a new location, or extract a file from a zip to a specific location?

If moving an existing file, you can use the move function from File::Copy.
If extracting a file from a zip, you can use the Archive::Zip module.
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