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This is a discussion on system() question within the C Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; Here's what I'm doing. I am copying a folder from a cd to a hard drive. Basically, I won't be ...

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    system() question

    Here's what I'm doing. I am copying a folder from a cd to a hard drive. Basically, I won't be able to know what the label of the CD-ROM drive will be so this code is used:

    system ( "..\\..\\xcopy ..\\..\\* c:\\INSTALLER_4_0_CD\\* /E /Y" ) ;

    I understand the basic concept of xcopy, I've wrote a test program to test just that, but I am trying to understand, with the above code, why and how the above code is written with the [ ..\\..\\] and so on.

    The way I see it, xcopy should be used this way: XCOPY source [destination] [options]

    I guess what's really throwing me off is the ..\\..\\

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    I don't know why you have the first ..\\..\\ because xcopy should always be in your path, given that it's a command and all. The others are just to get the paths right.

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    Never use system() on Windows
    (Use Win32 shell apis to copy folders)

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    U shuld use the path like Linux (Very Cool OS the Best ) style
    ../../xcopy ../../*.c etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMarrone View Post
    U shuld use the path like Linux (Very Cool OS the Best ) style
    ../../xcopy ../../*.c etc
    yeah it was late last night where I realized the ..\\..\\ were like a command in Terminal. I can't choose the OS here unfortunately. This is my first time having to dive into DOS.

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    hey buddy Microsoft also accept ../../ kind of relative path

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