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FCOPY directive

Makes copies of files.

No options


OLD = texts Name of each file to copy
NEW = texts Name for the new copy of each file
OVERWRITE = string tokens Whether to overwrite any existing files (yes, no); default no


FCOPY allows you to make a copy of an external file. The names of the original files are specified, in texts, but the OLD parameter. The file names for the copies are specified by the NEW parameter. If no path is included in the file name, it is assumed to be in the current working directory (which can be defined by the WORKINGDIRECTORY option of the SET directory). If you need to define the path, remember that the character \is the continuation symbol in Genstat. So this character needs to be duplicated in a string to avoid Genstat interpreting it as a continuation: for example

FCOPY 'Today.Dat'; NEW='D:\\April\\18.dat'

copies the file Today.dat to the file 18.dat in the directory (or folder) D:\April. As a more convenient alternative, the PC version of Genstat allows you to use / instead: i.e. you could put

FCOPY 'Today.Dat'; NEW='D:/April/18.dat'

By default FCOPY gives a fault if the new file already exists, but you can set parameter OVERWRITE=yes to overwrite it.

Options: none.

Parameters: OLD, NEW, OVERWRITE.

See also


Commands for: Input and output.

Updated on June 19, 2019

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