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Cyclic Copy??

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
#1
I've made myself a cmd file to backup all the files I want to save onto my E drive. Everything goes well but it will not copy two files in the root of E into their own folder. Similar files on C & D copied OK. The error I get is 'Cannot perform a cyclic copy.' What the hell does that mean? It's not an issue with the backup as it was only two files & I manually copied them across. It is more of information gathering I'm after as to what this is. :huh:
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#2
cyclic copy means you are copying the same thing? Confusing.

From MS:

"Explanation:
When using the Xcopy command, followed by the /s switch, you cannot copy to any subdirectories that are a subset of the directory you are copying from.

User Action:
Specify a destination that is not a subdirectory of the source directory. "
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#4
you cannot copy C:\ into any folder on C:\

copy C:\ C:\Windows will return the cyclic error. The source cannot be a subdirectory of the destination directory. It is cyclic because as you copy more of C: into C:\Windows then it is adding to the source so it keeps copying the new files....an infinite loop.
 

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