Robocopy hates it when you end with a slash!

Robocopy is a pretty good utility for copyin/mirroring directories in windows.  I use it a lot.  I just spent a bit of time thinking powershell hated robocopy because I was having a lot of trouble calling a robocopy against a directory that had a space in it.  Check out this command line.  Looks pretty innocent to me, but as you can see, robocopy blows its top!

PS H:\temp> robocopy 'h:\temp\test1' 'H:\temp\test space\' /L
ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows     ::     Version XP010
 Started : Wed Jan 28 09:43:27 2009
Source : h:\temp\test1\
Dest : H:\temp\test space" \L\
Files : *.*
Options : *.* /COPY:DAT /R:1000000 /W:30
2009/01/28 09:43:27 ERROR 123 (0x0000007B) Accessing Destination Directory H:\temp\test space" \L\
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
PS H:\temp&gt;</span>

Turns out the trailing slash on the path that was making it freak out.  Don’t end with a slash folks.  I’m not even sure why I was because I normally don’t!

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