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A directory /test/test1 is created & under /test1 there are some files & subdirectories with data in it. I had copied the files (text & script files) with command as,
cp -irv /test/test1/.* /test as per the requirement but what i see in destinarion i.e, /test that no files or directory has been copied in /test & the files/directories is also removed from source i.e, /test/test1
so my query is how can i get the files/directories back with data ?
I am not sure you did what you think you did. A directory /test will be located at the root of the filesystem, that is, it will be at the same level as /root and /usr and /home and so forth. Is this what you intended? I think perhaps you have a directory test with subdirectory test/test1 (note no leading forward slash), which perhaps is in your home directory. That would be: /home/yourusername/test/test1. Is this correct?
Also, you specified your destination alternately as /test and /test1. Again I doubt this is right, and I can't tell what the typo is.
The copy command you specified will be verbose (the v option). What did it say to you when you executed it? Also, the syntax would be cp -irv /test/test1/* /test, using the paths you specified. Note no period.
You have some simple path issue. What you did won't delete any files. You aren't looking where you think you are looking.