I want to run commands like
cp from an octave script. Is there a way to do that?
Use the function
system(<command>) to call a shell command from Octave. Replace
<command> with the command you want to execute. (Note that MATLAB allows a shell command to be executed by prefixing it with an exclamation mark
!, but Octave does not support this syntax. See this Wikibooks page for more information.)
unix(command) is another way to go. If you'd like to get properties of files directories etc. Xoctave does it automatically.