COPY copies one or more files to another location.
COPY [drive][path]filename [/A | /B]
+ [drive][path]filename [/A | /B]
[+ [...]] [drive][path]filename [/A | /B] [/V] [/Y | /-Y] [/?]
drive The drive letter, e.g. C:
path The directory, e.g. \example\
filename The file name, e.g. test.txt
source Specifies the file or files to be copied
(= first [[drive][path][file]]).
/A Indicates an ASCII text file.
/B Indicates a binary file.
destination Specifies the directory and/or filename for the new
file(s) (=last [[drive][path][file]]).
/V Verifies that new files are written correctly.
/Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
existing destination file.
/-Y Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
existing destination file.
/? Shows the help.
COPY won't copy directories or files that are of zero length.
To copy either of these, use XCOPY.
The COPYCMD environment variable can be set to make /Y the default:
To cancel the /Y for a particular copy command, use /-Y at the command
line. The COPYCMD variable also affects the XCOPY command.
To append files, specify a single file for destination, but multiple
files for source (using wildcards or file1+file2+file3 format).
Detailled explanation of the Options:
source The source consists of "drive" "path" and "file".
drive The drive letter, e.g. "C:" or "D:".
path The directory, e.g. "\example\"
file The name of a file to copy, e.g. "test.txt".
Completely: C:\example\test.txt .
destination The name of destination file(s) or directory. If the
dest filename contains a *, then this is replaced by that
part of the filename with the same part as the source.
/A Copies an ASCII file. If this precedes a filename in a
list of files, then from this file on, copy as ASCII
e.g.: copy /A ASCI1.txt+ASCI2.txt+ASCI3.txt /B+BIN1.bin
/B Copies a binary file. This is the default. If this
precedes a filename in a list of files, then from this
file on, copy as binary files. E.g.:
copy /B BIN1.bin+BIN2.bin+BIN3.bin /A+ASCI1.txt TARGET
/V Verifies that the files are written correctly.
/Y Suppresses the overwrite confirmation message; existing
files with the same name at the destination will be
COPY is a command internal to command.com and needs no other file
in order to work.
copy c:\command.com a:
copy c:\*.exe d:\example
copy c:\fdos\bin\edit.* a:
Please read this command's lsm file also.
You will find the updated version (internet) here and
the version described in this manual page here.
The lsm file contains information about the name of the programmer,
the download site, and some other command related information.
Copyright © 1998 Jim Hall, updated 2007 by W. Spiegl.
This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO.
See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.