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mcopy(1)                                                    mcopy(1)

       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.

       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  car‐
              riage  return/line  feeds  to  line feeds when copying
              from MS-DOS to Unix, and vice-versa when copying  from
              Unix to MS-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

       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.  ASCII translates incoming
              carriage return/line feeds to line feeds.

       T      Text (ASCII) file transfer with character set  conver‐
              sion.   Differs  from  -a in the ASCII also translates
              incoming 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.  ASCII
              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

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

          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
       This manpage has been automatically generated  from  mtools's
       texinfo documentation. However, this process is only approxi‐
       mative, 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  texinfo  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 `‐

       *      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.

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