How do I copy files?

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    How do I copy files?


    Either use system() to invoke your operating system’s copy utility, or open the source and destination files (using fopen or some lower-level file-opening system call), read characters or blocks of characters from the source file, and write them to the destination file. Here is a simple example:

    #include <stdio.h>

    int copyfile(char *fromfile, char *tofile)


    FILE *ifp, *ofp;

    int c;

    if((ifp = fopen(fromfile, “r”)) == NULL) return -1;

    if((ofp = fopen(tofile, “w”)) == NULL) { fclose(ifp); return -1; }

    while((c = getc(ifp)) != EOF)

    putc(c, ofp);



    return 0;


    To copy a block at a time, rewrite the inner loop as

    while((r = fread(buf, 1, sizeof(buf), ifp))> 0)

    fwrite(buf, 1, r, ofp);

    where r is an int and buf is a suitably-sized array of char.

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