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I have a folder called grey on my desktop. I want to either copy or move it to usr/share/audacious/skins and it keeps telling me there is no such file or directory. It's there, on the desktop, why does it keep telling me it's not.

I tried this:

noyfb@noyfb-Latitude-D630:~$ sudo cp home/noyfb/desktop/Grey usr/share/audacious/Grey
[sudo] password for noyfb: 
cp: cannot stat `home/noyfb/desktop/Grey': No such file or directory

then this

noyfb@noyfb-Latitude-D630:~$ sudo cp /home/noyfb/desktop/Grey /usr/share/audacious/Grey
cp: cannot stat `/home/noyfb/desktop/Grey': No such file or directory

then this

noyfb@noyfb-Latitude-D630:~$ sudo mv /home/noyfb/desktop/Grey /usr/share/audacious/Skins/Grey
mv: cannot stat `/home/noyfb/grey': No such file or directory

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

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Please edit your question and add output of command ls -l /home/noyfb/Desktop. – Danatela Mar 28 '14 at 4:08
linux commands are case-sensitive. – Avinash Raj Mar 28 '14 at 4:10
@ Avinash Raj - Thanks I didn't realize the commands are case-sensitive. – NYB Mar 28 '14 at 14:18
@ Danatela - Sorry I don't understand what that means. – NYB Mar 28 '14 at 14:20
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Linux files and folders name are case-sensitive. As souravc suggested, the name of the desktop folder is Desktop, not desktop. So you should be doing:

sudo cp /home/noyfb/Desktop/Grey /usr/share/audacious/Skins/ -r

Note the -r in the command, it is used when you want to recursively copy files. This is needed since you say, Grey is a directory, you can omit -r, when the source is not a directory. Also check if your folder name is Grey or grey.

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Thanks for explaining the -r – NYB Mar 28 '14 at 14:11
@NYB: Glad it helped you. – i08in Mar 28 '14 at 14:24

Check desktop is a typo. It should be Desktop. Try to copy as

sudo cp -r /home/noyfb/Desktop/Grey /usr/share/audacious/Skins/

or to move

sudo mv /home/noyfb/Desktop/Grey /usr/share/audacious/Skins/

Also check, the folder is grey or Grey. You mentioned it differently in your question.

-r is necessary, thanks to @jobin.

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Thanks a lot for that, it worked. I didn't realize it was case sensitive. – NYB Mar 28 '14 at 14:10
you may accept one of the answers at your convenience, it will indicate your problem is solved. read this also – souravc Mar 28 '14 at 14:22

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