copy not taking place

I have backup in /home/oracle/Desktop/backup location

my current directory is /u01/app/oracle/oradate/orcl  how will I copy the contents of backup folder to the current directory ie the above one..

shows error like this


[oracle@term1 orcl]$ cp /home/oracle/Desktop/backup/
cp: missing destination file operand after `/home/oracle/Desktop/backup/'
Try `cp --help' for more information.
[oracle@term1 orcl]$ cp home/oracle/Desktop/backup/
cp: missing destination file operand after `home/oracle/Desktop/backup/'
Try `cp --help' for more information.
[oracle@term1 orcl]$
walkerdbaAsked:
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MazdajaiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Asterisk can be omitted if recursive option is added.

cp -rv /home/oracle/Desktop/backup /u01/app/oracle/oradate/orcl

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Swadhin RaySenior Technical Engineer Commented:
You need to pass the file name and the destination path too while doing the copy.

Please refer this link for more information:

http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/fileman.html
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
As noted in the link above, cp takes two parameters:  cp FROM TO.

Check out the man page:
http://linux.die.net/man/1/cp

At a minimum you need:
cp /home/oracle/Desktop/backup/* /u01/app/oracle/oradate/orcl

I figure you will also want recursive:
cp -r /home/oracle/Desktop/backup/* /u01/app/oracle/oradate/orcl
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walkerdbaAuthor Commented:
yes
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