I am used to using linux command line so a little unfamilar with windows dos. I am trying to add a copy file line into my script but it is not working. So I tried the same thing on the cmd promt and still its not working. So I did some tests, I found a way to make it work by going to the source folder and do copy * dest. However I want to do copy source\* dest but this seems to not work. Here is the output of my testing:

C:\Users\test\Desktop\audioTest\resources>copy * C:\Users\test\Desktop\build-TGW2AudioTest-Desktop_Qt_5_5_1_MinGW_32bit-Debug\targetDbg /y
        7 file(s) copied.

C:\Users\test\Desktop\audioTest\resources>copy C:\Users\test\Desktop\audioTest\resource\* C:\Users\test\Desktop\build-TGW2AudioTest-Desktop_Qt_5_5_1_MinGW_32bit-Debug\targetDbg /y
The system cannot find the path specified.

Why does the first one work, but the second one does not?

  • I cannot reproduce this in a cmd shell on Windows 7 64 bit. – DavidPostill Jan 11 '16 at 9:27
  • @DavidPostill Yeah its weird, I thought maybe a permissions thing but both locations are in a folder on my desktop. But it says it can't find specified path.... I am actually calling it from this path so that is even more strange. – code_fodder Jan 11 '16 at 9:32
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    not sure if this is a typo or not, but your folder is shown as being called 'resources' and the copy command is referring to a directory called resource, without the 's' in resources. – Richie086 Jan 11 '16 at 10:08
  • @Richie086 ...oh! – code_fodder Jan 11 '16 at 12:48
  • Feeling a bit silly now... hey ho.... if you want to put it in an answer i'll fix you up with some points!... thanks : ) – code_fodder Jan 11 '16 at 12:49

Try this

copy C:\Users\test\Desktop\audioTest\resources\* C:\Users\test\Desktop\build-TGW2AudioTest-Desktop_Qt_5_5_1_MinGW_32bit-Debug\targetDbg /y

The full path to your directory was


however your example left the "s" off of the name of the resources folder

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