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:
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.
Batch mode. Optimized for huge recursive copies, but less secure if a
crash happens during the copy.
Recursive copy. Also copies directories and their contents
Preserves the attributes of the copied files
When mcopying multiple files, quits as soon as one copy fails (for
example due to lacking storage space on the target disk)
Text (Ascii) file transfer. Mcopy translates incoming carriage
return/line feeds to line feeds.
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 '.'.
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 clashesIntegral) for
details). In order to switch off confirmation for DOS files, use -o.
Preserve the file modification time.
Verbose. Displays the name of each file as it is copied.
Unlike MS-DOS, the '+' operator (append) from MS-DOS is not
supported. However, you may use mtype to produce the same effect:
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