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std::experimental::filesystem::copy_options(3) C++ Standard Libary std::experimental::filesystem::copy_options(3)


std::experimental::filesystem::copy_options - std::experimental::filesystem::copy_options


Defined in header <experimental/filesystem>
enum class copy_options {

none = 0,
skip_existing = 1,
overwrite_existing = 2,
update_existing = 4,
recursive = 8, (filesystem TS)
copy_symlinks = 16,
skip_symlinks = 32,
directories_only = 64,
create_symlinks = 128,
create_hard_links = 256


This type represents available options that control the behavior of the copy() and
copy_file() function.

copy_options satisfies the requirements of BitmaskType (which means the bitwise
operators operator&, operator|, operator^, operator~, operator&=, operator|=, and
operator^= are defined for this type).

Member constants

At most one copy option in each of the following options groups may be present,
otherwise the behavior of the copy functions is undefined.

Member constant Value Meaning
options controlling copy_file() when the file already exists
none 0 Report an error (default behavior).
skip_existing 1 Keep the existing file, without reporting an error.
overwrite_existing 2 Replace the existing file.
update_existing 4 Replace the existing file only if it is older than the file
being copied.
options controlling the effects of copy() on subdirectories
none 0 Skip subdirectories (default behavior).
recursive 8 Recursively copy subdirectories and their content.
options controlling the effects of copy() on symbolic links
none 0 Follow symlinks (default behavior).
copy_symlinks 16 Copy symlinks as symlinks, not as the files they point to.
skip_symlinks 32 Ignore symlinks.
options controlling the kind of copying copy() does
none 0 Copy file content (default behavior).
directories_only 64 Copy the directory structure, but do not copy any
non-directory files.
Instead of creating copies of files, create symlinks
create_symlinks 128 pointing to the originals. Note: the source path must be an
absolute path unless the destination path is in the current
create_hard_links 256 Instead of creating copies of files, create hardlinks that
resolve to the same files as the originals.


// Run this code

#include <experimental/filesystem>
#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>
namespace fs = std::experimental::filesystem;

int main()
fs::copy("sandbox/file1.txt", "sandbox/file2.txt"); // copy file
fs::copy("sandbox/dir", "sandbox/dir2"); // copy directory (non-recursive)
// sandbox holds 2 files and 2 directories, one of which has a subdirectory
// sandbox/file1.txt
// sandbox/file2.txt
// sandbox/dir2
// sandbox/dir
// sandbox/dir/subdir
fs::copy("sandbox", "sandbox/copy", fs::copy_options::recursive);
// sandbox/copy holds copies of the above files and subdirectories

See also

copy copies files or directories
copy_file copies file contents


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