FAQ 5.6 How can I copy a file?


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5.6: How can I copy a file?

(contributed by brian d foy)

Use the "File::Copy" module. It comes with Perl and can do a true copy
across file systems, and it does its magic in a portable fashion.

use File::Copy;

copy( $original, $new_copy ) or die "Copy failed: $!";

If you can't use "File::Copy", you'll have to do the work yourself: open
the original file, open the destination file, then print to the
destination file as you read the original. You also have to remember to
copy the permissions, owner, and group to the new file.


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