Error message on cp

Craig White craigwhite at
Fri Sep 30 04:24:47 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-09-29 at 21:00 -0700, Knute Johnson wrote:
> Anybody got any idea why I'm getting this error in my log?
> /etc/cron.daily/system-backup:
> cp: cannot create regular file 
> `/media/usbdisk/home/knute/.cpan/build/Mail-Sendmail-0.79-LupB80/blib/man3/Mail::Sendmail.3pm': 
> Invalid argument
> The command that generates it is
> cp -r /home/knute /someplace
> and is run from a cron.daily script.
seems like you can't copy a file with :: because the target filesystem
doesn't allow one/some of the characters in the filename. Not untypical
of vfat filesystems.


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