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

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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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Rename php.ini.default to the more recognizable and standardized php.ini

When I type command: mv /etc/php.ini.default /etc/php.ini I get: bash-3.2# mv /etc/php.ini.default /etc/php.ini mv: ...
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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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Find files with string

How can i grep e move pdf files that containing the string "RELAÇÃO DOS TRABALHADORES" inside? Using ubuntu 14.4. I already try to use: grep -i -Z -r -l 'RELAÇÃO DOS TRABALHADORES' . | xargs -I{} mv ...
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Cannot move ./test to a subdirectory of itself, './test/test'

When trying to convert some files to lower case I noticed something which seems strange to me. When executing this in bash: find . -iname 'test' | while IFS='\n' read item; do mv $item $(echo $item ...
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How to use mv command to remove unwanted character from multiple files in the same directory

I have in a directory some files: agent_datad.bin _codecs_cn.cpython-34m.so _Crypto.Cipher._ARC4.so Crypto.Hash._RIPEMD160.so ... other files How can I remove the _ from the beginning of each file ...
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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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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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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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files dissapear when I run mv command

I use the below command to move files: mv *.gz directoryname but directory name has spell mistake and the file with directory name has been generated with unknown format. And I lost my file. How ...
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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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Is it safe to mv files to and from two drives simultaneously?

I have two disks on my Synology DS215j. Disk 1 is /volume1 and disk 2 is /volume2. size of folder disk capacity free to move from ---- -------- ------ ...
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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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“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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move command in linux to move multiple files of same extension but of different year

I have some 500 .txt files from the year 2013 to 2015 placed in a folder and I need to move all the files of the year 2013 and year 2014 to some oher folder.
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mv command lost all files. Can find files by locate function but not in file manager

I was trying to move all Video files(not Directory) from withing my Downloads folder to the Videos folder... I assumed I was safe as in my mind move is not delete. I may be learning that this is the ...
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how to move files that contain string using find, xargs, grep, in linux

i have many php files maybe over Three million.. how can i use grep with xargs and find with mv to find contain the string in files and move them to directory if they match. I try like that find . ...
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Selectively find and move specified files to folder [duplicate]

I need to place the whole set of the Google web fonts in a single folder on my Ubunu 14.04 server. I have downloaded the current snapshot from Github which upon expansion gives me the structure ...
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Zsh: prepend $(<list.txt) args with a directory

I'm using cp $(<list.txt) new_folder to copy a list of files (filenames in list.txt) to a new folder. As is the files must be in the same folder as list.txt. Is there an easy way to make this work ...
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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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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?