# copyFile

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##### Copies a file atomically

Copies a file atomically, by first copying to a temporary file and then renaming that file.

Keywords
internal
##### Usage
## S3 method for class 'default':
copyFile(srcPathname, destPathname, skip=FALSE, overwrite=FALSE, ..., validate=TRUE,
verbose=FALSE)
##### Arguments
srcPathname
The source file to be copied.
destPathname
The destination file to be created.
skip, overwrite
If a destination file does not exist, these arguments have no effect. If such a file exists and skip is TRUE, then no copying is attempted and
...
Additional named arguments passed to file.copy(). Non-named or unknown arguments are ignored.
validate
If TRUE, validation of the copied file is applied, otherwise not.
verbose
See Verbose.
##### Details

If the source file does not exists (or is not a file), then an informative exception is thrown.

If the source and destination pathnames are the same, it is not safe to copy (which can lead to either corrupt or lost files) and an informative exception is thrown.

If (and only if) the file is successfully copied and argument validate is TRUE, then this method also asserts that the file size of the destination matches that of the source, otherwise an informative exception is thrown.

##### Value

• Returns a logical indicating whether a successful file copy was completed or not, or equivalently. In other words, TRUE is returned if the file was succesfully copied, and FALSE if not. If an error occurs, an informative exception is thrown. If the error occurs while renaming the temporary file to the final name, the temporary file will remain in the destination directory.

file.copy().