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Hi, I was wondering if there was a copy command in C++? I know that you can use system() calls, but I want to copy to a directory that I have created, but whose name will change daily. I have the name of the directory stored in a string variable. Sorry if I was not clear. Thanks!

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Well, if you know what the name is, all you have to do is compute the command at runtime, and pass it to system.

Such as:

#include <string>
using std::string;


string sourcedir = "/usr/local/";
string objname = "stuff.txt";
string destination = "/usr/backup/";


string command = string("cp ") + sourcedir + objname + " " + destination + objname;

system( command.c_str( ) );

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The most efficient means are platform specific. That said, however, you can achieve the same effect as follows:

#include <algorithm>
#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>
#include <iterator>

int main(int argc, char * argv[])
// arg 1: path to source file
// arg 2: path to dest file

//*** assume data validation

using namespace std;

ifstream fin(argv[1]);
ofstream fout(argv[2]);
istream_iterator<char> isi(fin), eos;
ostream_iterator<char> osi(fout);

copy(isi, eos, osi);


return 0;

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