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Difficulty copying DESCRIPT.ION files

Discussion in 'Support' started by Charles Dye, May 8, 2010.

  1. Charles Dye

    Charles Dye Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 20, 2008
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    [C:\Source]ver /r
    TCC  11.00.48   Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    TCC Build 48   Windows XP Build 2600  Service Pack 3
    Registered to Charles Dye - 5 System License
    [C:\Source]setdos /d0
    [C:\Source]which copy
    copy is an internal command
    [C:\Source]dir /a /t
     Volume in drive C is Hard Drive     Serial number is 30fb:4668
     Directory of  C:\Source\*
     5/08/2010  13:34         <DIR>    ____D________  .
     5/08/2010  13:34         <DIR>    ____D________  ..
     5/08/2010  13:34             121  _H_A_________  DESCRIPT.ION
     5/08/2010  13:33              15  _H_A_________  HiddenFile.txt
     5/08/2010  13:33              15  ___A_________  NormalFile.txt
                   151 bytes in 3 files and 2 dirs    12,288 bytes allocated
       143,269,273,600 bytes free
    [C:\Source]copy /a: /k * c:\Destination
    C:\Source\HiddenFile.txt => C:\Destination\HiddenFile.txt
    C:\Source\NormalFile.txt => C:\Destination\NormalFile.txt
         2 files copied
    [C:\Source]copy /a: /k *.ion c:\Destination
         0 files copied
    [C:\Source]copy /h /k *.ion c:\Destination
         0 files copied
    [C:\Source]copy /a: /k descript.ion c:\Destination
         0 files copied
    [C:\Source]copy /h /k descript.ion c:\Destination
         0 files copied
    [C:\Source]attrib -h descript.ion
    _H_A_________ -> ___A_________  C:\Source\DESCRIPT.ION
    [C:\Source]copy DESCRIPT.ION c:\Destination
    C:\Source\DESCRIPT.ION => C:\Destination\DESCRIPT.ION
         1 file copied
    Um... huh? The file is there, but COPY refuses to see it, even when /A: or /H is specified. Clear the hidden attribute, and COPY works as expected.

    New "feature"? I don't recall older versions behaving like this.
  2. rconn

    rconn Administrator
    Staff Member

    May 14, 2008
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    New feature as of 4DOS 2.0 (1989).

    It would be an unimaginably horrible thing if COPY were to copy hidden
    DESCRIPT.ION files.

    Rex Conn
    JP Software

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