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  • Operating mode in Windows Vista (and later)
  • Creating directories during the copy
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Copies one or more files (regardless of their attributes).
Versions 21 and later
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
New in version 21
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
Versions 27 and later
Java Syntax 2 (Copy one or more files by manipulating each copied file) is now available.
New in version 27
Java Syntax 2 (Copy one or more files by manipulating each copied file) is now available.
Java Syntax 2 (Copy one or more files by manipulating each copied file) is now available.
WINDEVJavaUser code (UMC)
// Copie de "Fichier.doc" vers "CopieFichier.doc"
Res = fCopyFile("C:\Répertoires\Fichier.doc", "D:\Documents\CopieFichier.doc")
WINDEVJavaUser code (UMC)
// Copie les fichiers présents dans le répertoire "C:\MesImages"
// Les sous-répertoires et leurs fichiers sont pris en compte (constante frRécursif)
ResCopie = fCopyFile("C:\MesImages\*.*", "D:\MesFichiers\", frRecursive)
Syntax

Copying a a file or a directory Hide the details

<Result> = fCopyFile(<Source file> , <Destination file or directory> [, <Copy indicator>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the files have been copied,
  • False otherwise. To get the details of the error, use ErrorInfo with the errMessage constant.
<Source file>: Character string
File to copy (up to 260 characters). This parameter can correspond to:
  • a file name. This file will be automatically sought in the current directory (returned by fCurrentDir).
  • a file name with its full or relative path. A UNC path can be used.
Special cases according to the platforms:
  • Versions 15 and later
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
    New in version 15
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
Management of wildcard characters (*,?): By default, the wildcard characters are allowed in the name of the file.
Special case according to the platform:
  • Versions 18 and later
    Universal Windows 10 App Wildcard characters (*,?) are not allowed in the file name.
    New in version 18
    Universal Windows 10 App Wildcard characters (*,?) are not allowed in the file name.
    Universal Windows 10 App Wildcard characters (*,?) are not allowed in the file name.
  • Java If the "*.*" expression is used, only the files that have an extension will be copied.
<Destination file or directory>: Character string
Destination file and/or directory (up to 260 characters). This parameter can correspond to:
  • a file name. This file will be automatically created in the current directory (returned by fCurrentDir).
  • a file name with its full or relative path. A UNC path can be used.
  • a full or relative path, only for a copy with wildcard characters.
If this parameter corresponds to a directory name, this name may (or may not) end with "\".
Special cases according to the platforms:
  • Versions 15 and later
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
    New in version 15
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
    WindowsLinux This parameter can be in Ansi or Unicode format.
<Copy indicator>: Optional constant
Type of copy to perform:
frConfirmCopy a file and ask for confirmation before overwriting a file with the same name.
Universal Windows 10 App This constant is not available.
frProgressA progress window is displayed. If the file is small (a few bytes), the progress bar is not displayed.
Universal Windows 10 AppJava This constant is not available.
frRecursiveRecursive copy of the files. The subdirectories and their files are taken into account.

<Copy indicator> is empty by default. None of these options is selected.
Remarks

Managing errors

fCopyFile throws an error in the following cases:
  • the file to copy does not exist,
  • the file to copy is locked,
  • is invalid,
  • <Path of copied file> is an empty string,
  • <Path of file to copy> and <Path of copied file> are identical.
WINDEVUser code (UMC)

Operating mode in Windows Vista (and later)

If this function does not operate properly in Windows Vista (and later), check whether the file or directory used is not in one of the system directories (Windows directory or "Program Files" directory).
In Windows Vista (and later), with the UAC mechanism (User Account Control) enabled, you must have administrator privileges to handle and/or modify the files or directories in system directories (Windows directory or "Program Files" directory).
Programming tip: To handle and/or modify the files or directories without administrator privileges, you should:
  • avoid writing to the Windows directory or to the "Program Files" directory,
  • use the system directory of the application (returned by SysDir with the srAppDataCommun constant, for example).

Creating directories during the copy

  • If one of the directories of the destination path does not exist, it is automatically created.
  • WINDEVUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) If the source file corresponds to all the files found in a directory (for example, C:\Temp\*.*), the frRecursive constant must be used to create the subdirectories in the destination (and to copy their content).
Remark: To copy directories, you also have the ability to use fCopyDir.
Related Examples:
Handling text files Unit examples (WINDEV): Handling text files
[ + ] Handling "text" files with WINDEV:
- Create a text file
- Write into a text file
- Read in a text file
Handling text files Unit examples (WEBDEV): Handling text files
[ + ] This example explains how to handle "non HFSQL" files with WEBDEV and it allows you to:
- Create a text file
- Write into a text file
- Read in a text file
Handling text files Unit examples (WINDEV Mobile): Handling text files
[ + ] Handling external "text" files:
- Create a text file
- Write into a text file
- Read in a text file
Business / UI classification: Business Logic
Component: wd270std.dll
Minimum version required
  • Version 9
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