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

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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 ...
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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.