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mcopy – copy MSDOS files to/from Unix

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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

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

T Text (ASCII) file transfer with character set conversion. Dif‐
fers from -a in the ASCII also translates incoming PC-8 charac‐
ters 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. 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 confirma‐
tion for DOS files, use -o.

m Preserve the file modification time.

v 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:

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

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