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FileInfo example throws an error

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textbook example doesn't work
/* from .NET Framework 2.0 c# 2005 p 72 */
 
using System;
using System.IO;
 
namespace CopyFile72
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            FileInfo ourFile = new FileInfo(@"c:\boost.ini"); // Note @ attribute beginning of address
            ourFile.CopyTo("@c:\boost.bak");
        }
    }
}

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by:guru_sami
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ourFile.CopyTo("@c:\boost.bak");

because in above line you have @ inside of "..."
it should be:
ourFile.CopyTo(@"c:\boost.bak");
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by:AstroGuy
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Even when I make this correction I still get the same error.  I have verified that the original file DOES exist on drive c:.
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what is the exact error message ?
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Also say if boost.bak already Exists in given location you may want to overrite it then you should use overload method like below:
 ourFile.CopyTo(@"c:\boost.bak",true);

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by:ddayx10
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I think sami has this covered, but just to re-iterate, either of these will work:

        FileInfo ourFile = new FileInfo(@"c:\boost.ini");
        ourFile.CopyTo(@"c:\boost.bak",true);

OR

        FileInfo ourFile = new FileInfo(@"c:\boost.ini");
        if (File.Exists(@"c:\boost.bak"))
        {
            FileInfo bakFile = new FileInfo(@"c:\boost.bak");
            bakFile.Delete();
        }
        ourFile.CopyTo(@"c:\boost.bak");


Only way that doesn't work is if boost.ini doesn't exist in that location, or the user (.NET) doesn't have access permissions for it.
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by:AstroGuy
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Thanx dday,
Points already awarded to sami.
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points dont seem to be awarded, but they should go to sami :)
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Thanks for noticing ddayx10
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