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Why am unable to create another directory using perl?

by finddata (Sexton)
on Mar 15, 2017 at 05:58 UTC ( #1184644=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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#TO Keep .html files in separate folder## chdir $output_dir; mkdir 'html',0755; `find . -name '*.html' | cpio -pdm html` mkdir 'files',0755; `cp -r html files`
error: yntax error at ./generate.pl line 379, near "mkdir"

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Re: Why am unable to create another directory using perl?
by Athanasius (Bishop) on Mar 15, 2017 at 06:13 UTC

    Hello finddata,

    Although backticks enclose a system command, the backtick construct itself still constitutes a Perl command, and so must terminate in a semicolon (unless it’s the last command in a block):

    ... `find . -name '*.html' | cpio -pdm html`; # ^ mkdir 'files',0755; ...

    Hope that helps,

    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

      Is it possible to copy files without directory structure?
      chdir $output_dir; mkdir 'html',0755; `find . -name '*.html' | cpio -pdm html`; chdir $output_dir; mkdir 'htmlfiles',0755; `cp -r html htmlfiles`;
      Here it copies along with directory structure
        What about files in different directories that have the same name?
        (Most prevalent probably index.html)

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