O'Reilly logo

VB.NET Language in a Nutshell, Second Edition by Steven Roman PhD, Paul Lomax, Ron Petrusha

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Name

FileCopy Procedure

Class

Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileSystem

Syntax

FileCopy(source, destination)
source (required; String)

The name of the source file to be copied

destination (required; String)

The name and location of the file when copied

Return Value

None

Description

Copies a file

Rules at a Glance

  • The source and destination arguments may contain a drive name and a folder name, but they must always contain the filename.

  • You cannot copy a file that is currently open.

Programming Tips and Gotchas

  • If you don’t specify a drive or folder in either the source or destination, the file is assumed to be in the current drive or folder.

  • Unlike copying a file from one folder to another from outside VB, when using the FileCopy procedure, it is not sufficient to simply enter a path for destination. You must supply a filename, even if it’s the same as the source; otherwise, runtime error 75, “Path/File access error,” results.

  • FileCopy is a procedure and not a function; there is no return value. You therefore have to assume that, if there are no errors generated from calling the FileCopy procedure, the file has been successfully copied. So be sure to wrap FileCopy in robust error handling.

  • Be aware that if the destination file already exists, it will be overwritten without warning.

  • A number of functions allow you to use the copy operation to rename a file. (Typically, this is done by specifying the same path in the destination as in the source, along with a different filename.) The FileCopy procedure, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required