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Directory copying

Sorry if this is a "frequently-asked question".

I need to copy directories containing subdirectories from one known place
in my accessible file system to another.

My current solution consists of popping into Dired on the source directory,
writing a macro that inhales the next file into Zmacs and then writes it
out to the target directory before skipping to the next line, and running
this macro to completion.  Besides being inelegant, this method uses lots
of Zmacs memory (even with a Kill Buffer afterwards), and doesn't handle
subdirectories well.

Suggestions?  Even something that copies directly without inhaling into
Zmacs would be appreciated.

Thanks for your trouble--
   John Myers~~