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I have folders in scenery/terrain that contain folders called terrain and objects. These folders have folders with data files. How do I move all of the contents scenery/terrain/[name]/terrain to scenery/terrain, and the contents of scenery/terrain/[name]/objects to scenery/objects?

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There is no recursive option for the mv command, so if there are directories inside the directories you want to move, you'll have to use cp. How about this one:

cp -R scenery/terrain/*/terrain/* scenery/terrain/
cp -R scenery/terrain/*/objects/* scenery/objects/

Then when you're sure that worked:

rm -rf scenery/terrain/*/terrain
rm -rf scenery/terrain/*/objects
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Good point, but I think under Mac OS it will be cp -R (upper case R). – QSQ Oct 2 '12 at 21:51
@QSQ Thanks for the correction. Fixed it now. – Ryan Oct 2 '12 at 21:55
-r worked fine. – Andrew D. Oct 2 '12 at 23:17
mv scenery/terrain/*/terrain/* scenery/terrain/
mv scenery/terrain/*/objects/* scenery/objects/
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Thanks, I'll see if that works. – Andrew D. Oct 2 '12 at 21:13
Try it on a copy of the folder in case I misunderstood something :-) – QSQ Oct 2 '12 at 21:14
Too late now.. Fail on my part. I can always just re-torrent the 13 GB of scenery. – Andrew D. Oct 2 '12 at 21:15
Didn't work. Says that "directory is not empty" – Andrew D. Oct 2 '12 at 21:16
Hmm odd. I had tried it here with building a tree like that and putting files into scenery/terrain/a/terrain/ scenery/terrain/b/terrain/ and scenery/terrain/a/objects/ and scenery/terrain/b/objects/ – QSQ Oct 2 '12 at 21:24

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