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mcopy(1)                                                              mcopy(1)



Name
       mcopy - copy MSDOS files to/from Unix



Note of warning
       This  manpage  has  been  automatically  generated from mtools's texinfo documentation, and may not be entirely
       accurate or complete.  See the end of this man page for details.


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  directory.   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 incom-
              ing PC-8 characters to ISO-8859-1 equivalents as far as possible.  When reading DOS  files,  untranslat-
              able  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. 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).  In order to switch off con-
              firmation for DOS files, use -o.

       m      Preserve the file modification time.

       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
       Mtools' texinfo doc

Viewing the texi doc
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       only approximative, and some items, such as crossreferences, footnotes and indices are lost in this translation
       process.  Indeed, these items have no appropriate representation in the  manpage  format.   Moreover,  not  all
       information  has been translated into the manpage version.  Thus I strongly advise you to use the original tex-
       info doc.  See the end of this manpage for instructions how to view the texinfo doc.

       *      To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following commands:

                     ./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi



       *      To generate a html copy,  run:

                     ./configure; make html

              A premade html can be found at 'http://www.gnu.org/software/mtools/manual/mtools.html'

       *      To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:

                     ./configure; make info



       The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html.  Indeed, in the info version  certain  examples  are
       difficult to read due to the quoting conventions used in info.




mtools-4.0.12                       03Nov09                           mcopy(1)