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. Is there a way to move only the directories?

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If your directory structure is only 1 level deep mv dir*/ destination will accomplish this task.

You can also use find to accomplish this task

find . -maxdepth 1 -type d -name "dir*"  -exec mv '{}' destination/ \;

Change maxdepth parameter or remove it if you directory structure has more levels

With a file structure like this:

/dir2move2
/dir
  /subdir1
  /subdir2
  index.js

To move only the sub directories and not the files you could just do:

mv ./dir/*/ ./dir2move2

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