mcopy



mcopy(1)                                                              mcopy(1)




Name

       mcopy - copy MSDOS files to/from Unix




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Description

       The  mcopy  command  is  used to copy MS-DOS files to and from Unix. It
       uses the following syntax:


          mcopy [-bspanvmQT] [-D clash_option] sourcefile targetfile
          mcopy [-bspanvmQT] [-D clash_option] sourcefile [ sourcefiles... ] targetdirectory
          mcopy [-tnvm] MSDOSsourcefile



       Mcopy copies the specified file to the named file, or  copies  multiple
       files  to the named directory.  The source and target can be either MS-
       DOS or Unix files.

       The use of a drive letter designation on the  MS-DOS  files,  ’a:’  for
       example,  determines  the  direction  of the transfer.  A missing drive
       designation implies a Unix file whose path starts in the current direc-
       tory.  If a source drive letter is specified with no attached file name
       (e.g. mcopy a: .), all files are copied from that drive.

       If only a single, MS-DOS source  parameter  is  provided  (e.g.  "mcopy
       a:foo.exe"),  an  implied destination of the current directory (‘.’) is
       assumed.

       A filename of ‘-’ means standard input or standard output, depending on
       its position on the command line.

       Mcopy accepts the following command line options:

       t      Text   file   transfer.    Mcopy  translates  incoming  carriage
              return/line feeds to line feeds when copying from Dos  to  Unix,
              and vice-versa when copying from Unix to Dos.

       b      Batch mode. Optimized for huge recursive copies, but less secure
              if a crash happens during the copy.

       s      Recursive copy.  Also copies directories and their contents

       p      Preserves the attributes of the copied files

       Q      When mcopying multiple files, quits as soon as  one  copy  fails
              (for example due to lacking storage space on the target disk)

       a      Text  (Ascii) file transfer.  Mcopy translates incoming carriage
              return/line feeds to line feeds.

       T      Text (Ascii) file transfer  with  charset  conversion.   Differs
              from -a in the Mcopy also translates incoming PC-8 characters to
              ISO-8859-1 equivalents as far as  possible.   When  reading  DOS
              files,  untranslatable  characters  are  replaced  by  ’#’; when
              writing DOS files, untranslatable  characters  are  replaced  by
              ’.’.

       n      No confirmation when overwriting Unix files.  Mcopy doesn’t warn
              the user when overwriting an existing Unix file.   In  order  to
              switch off confirmation for DOS files, use -o.

       m      Preserve  the file modification time. If the target file already
              exists, and the -n option is not in effect, mcopy  asks  whether
              to overwrite the file or to rename the new file (‘name clashes’)
              for details).

       v      Verbose. Displays the name of each file as it is copied.



Bugs

       Unlike MS-DOS, the ’+’ operator (append) from MS-DOS is not  supported.
       However, you may use mtype to produce the same effect:

          mtype a:file1 a:file2 a:file3 >unixfile
          mtype a:file1 a:file2 a:file3 | mcopy - a:msdosfile





See Also

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mtools-3.9.9                        03Mar03                           mcopy(1)

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