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copying more files than are being copied


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May 2, 2019
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I found a bug in the new version of Ubuntu.

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu 20.04 and before installing I ran the operating system from the USB stick and copied over thousands of files to a external hard drive before installing.

I took a photo of the laptops screen using my smart phone and you can see it's not my imagination.

Out of 8,012 files it successfully copied 9,893. <--- PROBLEM!!!
Out of 6,811 files it successfully copied 6,827. <--- PROBLEM!!!
Out of 95 files it hadn't finished yet and only 82 had been copied (this isn't the problem line).

Those numbers are the wrong way around, it copied more files than it says it was trying to copy.


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Without knowing exactly what you were doing in copying files from the USB, it's hard to say what is going on. However, the picture clearly shows the dialog box successfully copyied 8,012 files and 6,811 files, with a check mark beside each entry. Honestly, I think the text is a poorly portrayed message rather than an actual error.
It looks like you are copying folders of files from a Windows partition.
If that is the case I would suspect there are "hidden" metadata files associated with the files being copied which are not normally seen by the user.

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