mv is a UNIX command to move a file to another directory or rename it.

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Can files be recovered after a failed mv command?

I used mv * .. in Unix to move all contents of a directory to its parent folder. There was a folder called "Downloads" in both the current directory and the parent. The one in the parent was empty to ...
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I accidentally put a space in my path then moved lots of files - where are they?

I used the following code to move a lot of files: sourceDIR=/Volumes/MCOOPER/data destDIR=/Volumes/MCOOPER2 /data for i in {1..6000} do mv $sourceDIR/run$i.mat $destDIR/ done Now all my files are ...
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Using `mv` to rename a file in nested directory

Suppose I want to rename a file several directories down. I do, mv dirA/dirB/dirC/name.suf dirA/dirB/dirC/newname.suf Is there any easier way to type this? One option would be cd dirA/dirB/dirC mv ...
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Move all files in a directory in a subdirectory

I can't find a quick solution for this simple problem: I' ve got this tree: fatherDir -File1.txt -SomeFile.txt ... - A name.txt -sonDir I want to move all the files in fatherDir ...
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What happened when i “mv *” no errors shown and now only one folder left. Why?

The comand executed was "mv space *" in a folder with 14GB of data mv * du -hs is the same so where has the 14Gb of data gone ? What have I done?
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Linux move files from specific directory one directory up and delete empty folder

I need to move files out from a directory inside a directory inside a directory and remove folder that I move them from. I would need a recursive script. The directory structure: ...
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mv backup but instead of creating tilde directories, create tilde files in subdirectories?

I have 2 deep directory structures that are (probably) identical and I want to end up with a single one, but not auto-resolve existing conflicts (I'm guessing rsync would clobber something). I just ...
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how to use grep and mv together in a directory in shell?

how do you grep the contents of all files in a directory for "TEST" then move those files to a different directory(like the home dir.)?
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How to rename a folder in Linux?

I want to remove folder aaa and rename folder bbb to aaa. Both have subfolders in them. Seems simple enough using: rm -r aaa; mv bbb aaa However, any subfolders in bbb disappear where I would ...
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Linux mv command moved data to an unknown location?

I accidentally executed this command in SSH: mv /var/www/vhosts/website/httpdocs/magento/* Now all the data in the magento dir is gone. Does anyone know where it moved to? Thanks!
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Move all files in sub-directories to current directory while renaming duplicates

I have a number of subdirectories and I would like to move any files contained therein to the current directory using a one line Terminal command on the Mac. I know that my file names are not all ...
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mv: cannot move «file.mp4» to «/path/file.mp4»: Device or resource busy*

I simply try to move file to another path and I'm getting mv: cannot move «file.mp4» to «/path/file.mp4»: Device or resource busy* I've tried using lsof, but it's not showing any openfiles. lsof +D ...
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Messed up wildcard mv, can it be fixed? [duplicate]

Sorry for the poorly written question, but I'm panicking right now. I accidentally mv prefix* instead of mv prefix* target_dir/ Now, there's only one prefix file left. Have I killed them? If so ...
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Moving 2TB (10 mil files + dirs), what's my bottleneck?

Background I ran out of space on /home/data and need to transfer /home/data/repo to /home/data2. /home/data/repo contains 1M dirs, each of which contain 11 dirs and 10 files. It totals 2TB. ...
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How do I create numbered backups?

Some GNU utils (e.g., mv and cp) can create numbered backups (foo.~1~). Others (e.g., wget) cannot. I would like to create numbered backups before running tools which overwrite files by default. Here ...
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Creating a tar with a absolute path

tar -cf /Users/Files/myfile.tar /Users/Files/ I am basically trying to create a tar containing the contents of User/Files and create it in the folder of the contents. I can only execute this ...
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Replace existing folder with mv command

Apologies if this question has already been asked, I couldn't find anything… Lets say I want to replace 'oldstuff' with 'newstuff'. Basically re-naming to replace. I try using this command: mv ...
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Moving all files in current directory up one directory

I have installed wordpress onto my CentOS server. Now inside my /var/ww/html folder, I have a wordpress folder. I want to move all the files inside the 'wordpress' folder up into the parent dir, ...
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“rm -rf /” VS. “mv -r / /dev/null”

Might be a stupid question, but what would be the worst for your system ? (I think both) But to my opinion mv would be the fastest to "delete" it all. Am I wrong ? (don't wana test aniway ^^ )
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I used mv ./*/* to flatten a directory on a ntfs filesystem, without add . to the end of the command, now all of my files are gone

How can I recover these files? I used: mv ./*/* when it was supposed to be mv ./*/* . Now all of my files are gone.
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Why can't I mv a file?

I followed these instructions to remove Java from my Mac (Lion): http://stikine.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/howto-remove-java/ As part of the procedure, I needed to edit the file ...
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Want to move file over network (not copy)

I would like to move file on network [Linux]. This is not working: mv {file} user@machine:/ How can I do this? And I prefer not using scp command to first copy and delete.
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How to move folder in unix using mv, only when target is on the same drive

I need to move a folder using unix mv command, but only if the target is in the same drive or the same filesystem. What would be the best approach?
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Removing a directory containing a file using find

I'm searching a list of directories for certain files and I want to delete the directory that the file is in. This is what I'm trying: find /converter/storage/unmatched/ -size -4b -name '*.mp3' ...
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Instead of “mv filename.sql newfolder” I did “mv filename.sql /newfolder” and wiped out a bunch of files?

Like I said, I moved a bunch of sql files but instead of moving them to a directory I seem to have renamed them and put them all in the root directory as one file named "newfolder" Can I undo this or ...
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Move a list of files(in a text file) to a directory?

I have a list of files, with their full paths, one per line in a file "files.txt" I was trying to move all of those files from their original location to a new directory. I CDed into the directory ...
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How can i move files with xargs in linux

I am trying this and its not working ls file_* |xargs mv {} temp/ Any ideas
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mv command - parametric source and target

I have folder "F A" containing some subfolders and files and another folder "F B" containing the same folder structure but no file: find . -type d . ./F A ./F A/SF A ./F A/SF B ./F A/SF C ./F B ./F ...
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I lost a folder that I mv'ed from one partition to another (NTFS, windows) partition - Can I retrieve it using Windows?

I have used the mv command to move a folder from my Linux partition onto my Windows partition (mv /home/FOLDER /media/WINPARTITION/User/Me/Music/FOLDER). I have read a lot now and understand (I ...
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Issues with mv on windows xp bash shell

As I'm pretty used to the Linux terminal, I set up a bash shell on my Windows XP command prompt by following the instructions in this article: ...
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Home folder missed after “sudo mv -t /usr/local/src ~/”

My home folder is missing after I run this command sudo mv -t /usr/local/src ~/ How can I recover this?
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Moving the home directory to a new drive

I have no more space left on my hard-drive. So I bought a new one and I would like this hard-drive to be the home folder. I thought of copying all the stuff I have on the home folder to the ...
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Rename folder using script, variables from excel doc

Linux File System I have a directory with 1500 folders. I am looking to use an excel document that has the 1500 folder names in one column and a unique id in the next. I am looking to script it so ...
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How can I log the output of the mv command in Linux?

I'm using the command: mv -v -f sourceDir destDir How can I output the verbose console out to a file?
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Prevent mv from overwriting the larger file by the same name

I need to move all files from a directory, discarding the directory structure. Unfortunately, some files have the same file name (Thumbnails). I'm looking for smth. like this: find /tmp/dirtree ...
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How to rename files and subdirectories in bash command line?

In Rails sometimes I need to rename several directories and files, e.g.: app/models/person.rb app/views/persons/_person.haml app/controllers/persons_controller.rb ---- app/models/user.rb ...
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What is the fastest way to move a million images from one directory to another?

I have a million images totally 30gb of disk space that need to move from one local directory to another local directory. What will be the most efficient way? mv? cp? rsync? Something else? ...
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How to move multiple directories, but exclude files in current path with similar name?

Say I have a directory that contains the following: dir1/ dir2/ dir3/ ... dir50/ dir1.txt dir2.txt dir3.txt ... dir50.txt I have been using mv dir* /someotherpath/, then move the *.txt files back. ...
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Moving files between home directories

Good morning, I am attempting to setup a cron job on my CentOS machine that will transfer a file from one users home directory to a directory in anothers. btiseis@mymachine [~]# mv ./myfile.csv ...
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Using “mv” or “ditto” to merge folders in OS X

Used to the Windows way of doing I just found out OS X has no merge function – moving means replacing the folder. While this does make sense, I miss merging! I've two Wordpress directories, 1 ...
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Move files based on list of old and new file paths

What is an efficient way to rename files in OSX/BSD from a text file for files assumed to stay in original folder, but in the format of; /path/old file name.ext\tnew file name.ext There may be ...
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Move group of files into subdirectory

I want to move some ssh keys into a backup file. Specifically, I want to move id_rsa* into key_backups/, a subdirectory of .ssh. mv id_rsa* key_backup/ gives me back usage: mv [-f | -i | -n] [-v] ...
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Mac (Linux) - Restore file removed through mv command

I have one big problem. I had two files - main.c and logic.c. I have used sed for some modification in logic.c and then i saved it to main_updated.c and then run mv main_updated.c main.c BUT it ...
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Move a range of numbered files?

I've got 291 numbered files (starting at 001 - title and ending at 291 - title) that need moved into separate directories. (001 to 021 to folder 1, 022 to 053 to folder 2, they aren't necessarily the ...
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mv command confuses directory name with command option

I have a directory called --pycache--, which I need to move to __pycache__. Using the mv command in the following way, gives me the listed output. How can I use the CLI to do what I want? $ mv ...
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Move all files in sub-directories to current directory?

I've got files in a bunch of subdirectories, and I'd like to flatten them out and move them all to the current directory. I found this question, but adapting the answer to: mv * . didn't work. I ...
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mv - move dir with destination-dir having the same subdirs as source-dir

In FreeBSD (I suppose it works like Linux et al in this regard), I'd like to move src_parent/mydir to dst_parent/mydir. dst_parent/mydir already exists, and it contains some subdirs that's also ...
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Accidentally moved Desktop folder ingo /usr/local/bin

I ran mv -n /desktop /user/local/bin and as a result everything on my desktop is gone. I tried the opposite mv -n /user/local/bin /desktop in the hopes of undoing it but now only one of those ...
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make an alias to move files to a tmp directory

I am trying to create an alias to move files and directories to the tmp directory. This is what I've tried: alias rm='/bin/mv *.* /tmp' The problem is that when I type rm filename, I get an error ...
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In bash, how can I rename a file without repeating the path? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reuse text on a bash command If I want to rename a file a few directories deep, how can I avoid repeating the path? For example: mv path/to/old_filename.txt ...