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

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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 ...
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Move files and folders recursively in linux

ls -al ../public-back drwxrwxr-x 4 apache apache 4096 Apr 19 03:32 templates ls -al ../public-back/templates drwxrwxr-x 2 apache apache 4096 Apr 19 03:33 content drwxrwxr-x 2 apache ...
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What happens if mv is interrupted?

What happens if the Linux mv command is interrupted? Say, I'm moving a whole directory to some other place and interrupt it while it's moving. Will the source directory still be untouched?
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Mac OS: how could I rename a file like APP_001.gif to 01.gif?

I have a load of files in a directory. They all have names like: APP_001.gif APP_101.gif How could I bulk rename them to 01.gif 101.gif i.e. get rid of the prefix before _, and then remove the ...
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How to mv a folder in Linux retaining its mtime?

I am using CentOS 5.5 and would like to move a large amount of folders within one volume, retaining their mtime. The best solution I could find is like this: cp -p -r source/data target/ rm -rf ...
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mv: inter-device move makes moving a directory to a directory with same name a different operation?

Given: # mv /mnt/hard/git-src/ /usr/portage/distfiles/ mv: inter-device move failed: /mnt/hard/git-src/' to /usr/portage/distfiles/git-src'; unable to remove target: Is a directory ...
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XCopy on server?

Normally, on my website, files are either handled by WordPress or by me doing FTP. I'd like to copy my entire site to a new folder. I don't want to copy it down to my local drive (with wget) and then ...
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Literate way of moving all files to a new subdirectory

$ mkdir backup && mv * backup/ mv: cannot move `backup' to a subdirectory of itself, `backup/backup' Works, but issues a warning. Also exit code is 1. How to do it properly (but not [much] ...
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Don't move a directory/file if src and dest are on different partitions

In order to protect myself if I make a mistake in typing a directory/filename path, I am searching for a way to prevent mv from doing anything if the source and destination files exist on separate ...
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Bizarre mv operation

The use of a renaming program severely screwed up some of my files. I'm trying to get them back in order. I have file structure like this: ./Hello World/some-filename.ext ./Kitty Parade/another.ext ...
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Recursive move files of specific type to a specific path

In ~/my/path, I want to move all files that contain string "(J)" and have file type of ".foo" to ~/my/path/j I'm trying: [me ~/my/path]$ find -type f -name "*(J)*.foo" -print0 | xargs mv -0 j/ No ...
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How to move all files in a subdir to another dir

I have untar wordpress. It creates a wordpress dir. I want to move the files under this dir to mydomain.com dir but this doesn't work mv wordpress/* mydomain.com What's the syntax then ? Thanks.
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Unix Bash rename files using a regex

I would like to rename all files from a folder using a regex(add a name to the end of name) and move to another folder. It my opinion, it should be looking like this: mv -v ./images/*.png ...
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How to move only files in Unix

How can I move only the plain files (not the directories) from one folder in Linux to another folder using the mv command? I have tried mv * ~/, but it copied everything including the directories.
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How to move all files from current directory to upper directory?

How to move all files from current directory to upper directory in linux? I tried something like mv *.*, but it doesn't work.