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How do a copy a file?

From: Dr. David Kirkby
Subject: How do a copy a file?
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 00:09:07 +0100

I have a test script that needs to copy a file from the source
distribution to a tempory directory off of the build directory. I have
in the test script:

#! /bin/sh
echo top_srcdir = $top_srcdir top_builddir= $top_builddir
cp $top_srcdir/examples/25ohm-201h.bmp

(the direcory $top_builddir/tmp is made in another test script).

The above works fine if I run build in the source tree, but seems to
go astray if I do 'make distcheck' and so do a VPATH build. 

The echo above prints:
top_srcdir = ../.. top_builddir= ..

In the tests/ I have:

top_builddir=$(top_builddir) \
top_srcdir=$(top_srcdir) \

What am  I doing wrong?? Can I not copy a file with cp like this???

Dr. David Kirkby,
Senior Research Fellow,
Department of Medical Physics,
University College London,
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