mv is a UNIX command to move a file to another directory or rename 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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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 do I move all files except those that begin with a “.”?

I'm using bash shell on Mac 10.9.5. Within a certain directory, how do I move all non-hidden files -- taht is, all those that don't start witih a "."? Thanks, - Dave
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User moved root directory into subdirectory, or tried to, machine unresponsive

A particularly special user of mine inadvertently ran a command to move files that looked something like this: mv /* /home/ubuntu/GS14K/ This led to a series of errors: mv: cannot move /bin' ...
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bash extract first number from filename

I'm trying to move files like this: ... DLG023-00-01-sprite.TextGrid.json DLG023-00-01.prosody.json DLG023-01-01-sprite.ogg DLG023-00-02-sprite.TextGrid.json DLG023-00-02.prosody.json ...
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Using MV to rename large amount of files using a script

I'm writing a bash-script to rename a large amount of files, using mv. Original filename File001.txt New filename file-new-001.doc I can change the suffix but i do not know, how to insert the ...
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Moving all files from one folder to upper folder

I was searching the answer to question how to move files from one folder to upper folder and nowhere I have not found the answer mv name/* . Why I can't use this to moving files to upper folder? The ...
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How to rename single-digit numbers to sort incrementally?

What is the simplest way to add 0's to all single-digit filenames to make them sort correctly? I'd like to stick to the command line if possible. From: a_1.png a_2.png a_10.png To: a_01.png ...
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What happened when I “mv *”? No errors were shown and now only one folder is left. Why?

The command executed was "mv space *" in a folder with 14 GB of data. mv * du -hs is the same so where has the 14 GB of data gone? What have I done?
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Linux mv command for moving multiple files with different extensions

I am wondering if it possible to use bash to mv multiple files with different extensions into one directory, for example mv 1.png 2.jpg dir/ except match many files
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move filename bar.filename, without mentioning filename twice?

How do I move filename to bar.filename without mentioning filename twice? In Bash I can just do: mv {,bar.}filename. I suppose I could do: set filename="foobar" && mv "%filename%" ...
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Mac mv command very slow

On my mac cp command works 9 times faster then mv. Why it is possible? Mac-Pro-AVM-4:2014-10-22 editor$ time cp /Volumes/AVM4_HD5/INGEST/Final\ Cut\ Original\ Media/2014-10-22/Clip\ \#13.mov ...
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`mv` creates a hard link instead of move or rename file or directory

I'm experiencing very weird issue with moving and renaming directories and files using mv I have never experienced before. The weirdest thing is that it's happening on Ubuntu as well as on Cygwin on ...
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What are the rsync equivalent command/s to mv /a/b /c/d?

What are the rsync equivalent command/s to mv /a/b/ /c/d/, i.e, to move a directory tree from one location to another, possibly on another file system? That is, not just copy, but delete the files ...
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Relocate jpg files from nested/buried structure to relative known directories

I'm trying to batch move/organize a large number of files (.jpg) from nested subdirectories to a relative directory. The structure is pre-planned. Just not 100% sure what the most efficient and safest ...
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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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Simultaneously moving and renaming files in Red Hat

I'm running Red Hat Release 6.5 (Santiago). The problem I'm facing is that I have a bunch of files in the following directory structure: temp2 ├── ABC │   └── temp2 │      └── temp2.txt └── DEF    ...
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Moving folders in Linux inconsistency

I have a shell script that deploy an application to a staging server. However, one of the application's directory needs to be backed up and restored after the deployment (so it is not overwritten). 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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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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Move a range of files

I have a range of numbered files (images) and I want to move them to subdirectory. https://superuser.com/questions/380338/move-a-range-of-numbered-files#= suggests that I use mv IMG_{001-022}.jpg ...
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Mac 10.6 - Unable to cp and mv files into ~/Library/Screen Savers/

I am trying to use Terminal to copy a file into ~/Library/Screen Savers/, but every time I try to do it, it fails. My command is: cp -r Web.saver '~/Library/Screen Savers/Web.saver' and the result ...
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mv command - how it works?

I was moving big sized directory (upto 10gb) using mv command and after some minutes I cancelled it (Ctrl+C). The mv process was then stopped and some of the files were copied to the destination ...
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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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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 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.
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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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Permission denied when attempting to mv (sudo su userName)

I am currently working on a backup script to log into my production server and pull the latest SQL dumps to my staging server. I have no issue pulling the SQL dumps but I do have an issue with moving ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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?