I have a Powershell script with a line that looks like this:
Copy-Item \\[machine 1]\[path 1]\[directory 1]\ \\[machine 2]\[path 2]\ -recurse
When my script gets to this line, the following error occurs:
Copy-Item : Container cannot be copied onto existing leaf item. At C:\[script path]\[script name]:[line] char:5 + Copy-Item \\[machine 1]\[path 1]\[directory 1]\ \\[machine 2] ... + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (\\[machine 1]\[path 1]\[directory 1]:String) [Copy-Item], PSArgumentException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CopyContainerItemToLeafError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.CopyItemCommand
I've found a workaround, which is to New-Item [directory 1] under [path 2], creating the root that Copy-Item will populate with contents, but this causes another issue where Copy-Item complains that the path already exists, despite the file copy actually succeeding. Copy-Item is advertised as a sort of "just works" solution. I see no reason for my workaround to be necessary. What part of the documentation would indicate otherwise? Why does this happen? What is the best solution to my problem?