I knew this day would come. I now realize that there does indeed exist a threshold beyond which I am literally frightened to help someone.
Hi Jamestemroot. I wish you had pasted the exact line you were attempting to execute before the error occurred (the line that must've been just above the "cp: illegal option --V" line).
Quickie UNIX lesson:
* When you open the Terminal application, you leave the friendly world of Mac OS X and enter the harsh and stringent world of the UNIX shell.
* UNIX shell commands are typically formatted in the following manner:
command_name(blank space)options(blank space)parameters
Not so quick lesson on the UNIX copy command:
In this case the command you were attempting to make use of is the "copy" command. For historical reasons, this command is abbreviated to the letters 'c' and 'p' (in that order), so "cp" means "copy".
There must be a single blank space after the command! The blank space tells the UNIX shell that you are finished entering the command and are now moving on to other things that the command needs in order to do its job. So hit the space bar on your keyboard one time after typing "cp".
Next, we need to tell "cp" what options we would like to employ -- there are several from which to choose. Each individual option is identified by a single character (there are other ways to identify options, but let's keep this simple). Right. So today we are going to need options 'R' and 'p'.
You see, "cp" is usually used to copy a single file to some other location, but today we want "cp" to copy an entire directory structure full of files and other directories. The 'R' option tells "cp" that we want to do this -- 'R' stands for "recurse", but don't let that bother you. Let's keep moving.
The 'p' option (omg, sigh) the 'p' option takes a long time to explain. Some might argue (rightly) that it is not necessary for what we are doing today because of what I tell you to do in step 5. It is just an old habit of mine because of a bad experience in the past. The UNIX shell can be evil at times, but we mustn't fear it. Just use the 'p' for now -- do it for me. It stands for "preserve"; let's leave it at that.
Please excuse me for a moment...
Now, right here you might be thinking to yourself, "...but there is no 'V'! What good is doing this if I don't get a chance to type a capital-v?" Please understand that "cp" does not like capital-v characters. You will not win this fight today. With experience, you can program your own "cp" command and force it to make use of an option identified as 'V'. It is possible -- just not today.
Ok, I'm back.
Good. Ok. We must again enter a single blank space to tell the UNIX shell that we are now finished entering options and are now ready to enter parameters. The UNIX shell will assume everything from this point forward is a parameter. The "cp" command requires at least two (2) parameters. Each parameter must be separated by a single blank space.
Fear this: I'm going to *assume* the following:
* You followed Volkspost's directions and moved his Automator script to the Desktop before double-clicking it.
* You managed to complete my steps 1 through 3 from my previous post successfully.
* Your home directory is called "jamestemroot"
* The hard drive from which you normally boot your Macintosh computer is identified as "Macintosh HD".
If my assumptions are wrong, what I am about to tell you will not work!
This is a bit tricky jamestemroot. The first parameter tells "cp" where to find the stuff we want to copy today. You must then enter a single blank space. Finally, the second parameter tells "cp" where the stuff being copied should go. ATTENTION: the second parameter is a single period (also known as a dot or a full-stop). I know that is confusing -- I'm sorry. I've had nightmares that ended better than what would surely result from my attempt to explain to you why the period is the second parameter. Given the above assumptions are correct, having the period as the second parameter is good.
The parameters today are exactly the following (don't forget the quotes!):
"/Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/jamestemroot/Desktop/Backup_IOUSBFamily_kext_10_5_6/"*.kext .
I will end with a prayer:
"May God guide your mind and your hands first toward successfully completing these instructions, and next toward your local bookstore where you will find a myriad of helpful books on the subject of the UNIX shell. A-men."