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Old 07-30-2003, 08:33 AM   #1
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how do I move a directory in shell


HELP!!!! I accidentally moved my usr directory into the lost + found directory, now nothing works. I cant even open a terminal.

1. How do I open a terminal?
2. once opened, what commands do I use to move a directory?
 
Old 07-30-2003, 08:54 AM   #2
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okay, I figured out how to get a terminal.....now how do I move a directory?
 
Old 07-30-2003, 09:01 AM   #3
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mv -r /path/to/mydir /path/to/where/it/should/be/.

In this example "mydir" and it's contents are moved into the directory "be"

The -r tells mv (move) to act recursively. You need this when moving a directory.
 
Old 07-30-2003, 09:02 AM   #4
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i just did it without the r....gulp
is that bad?
what does recursive mean?

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Old 07-30-2003, 09:07 AM   #5
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okay, I moved it back to lost+found directory, then went to the lost+found directory, and tried
mv -r usr /
only to have it say
mv: invalid option -- r
Try 'mv --help' for more information.
 
Old 07-30-2003, 11:08 AM   #6
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recursive means it calls itself over and over. If you dont use -r option than it may not transfer all the files(inside the directory). Normally, you use recursion when removing/deleting the directory but when you are simply moving it, you dont.
just do this:
mv /whatever/file /whatever/desitnation

coo
 
Old 07-30-2003, 05:40 PM   #7
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Ah... it's removing directories when the -r is compulsory isn't it?
 
Old 07-30-2003, 06:33 PM   #8
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yes, thats correct
 
  


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