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Old 06-22-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
hemanthm17
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how to retrieve mv deleted folder


I lost my folder name "....hemanth" while moving the folder "....hemanth" to "Documents" using mv command in the terminal .As there is already a folder named Documents in that destination folder I lost folder.please help me in retrieving the folder as that folder is very important for me.please............
thanks in advance .
 
Old 06-22-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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mv also renames files.
You could have just renamed the directory "hemanth" to "Documents".
Or check inside the "Documents" directory for "hemanth" or another "Documents" directory.

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Old 06-22-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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You would need to show us the exact commands you used, but I think you will find that it exists somewhere.

One thing to keep in mind: As long as the source and destination are on the same physical device (eg a partition), nothing actually gets **moved**. In these cases, "mv" really means "rename".

Consider 2 examples: You have files named "fred" and "alice", and you have a folder named "stuff"

mv fred stuff **This renames ./fred to ./stuff/fred Thus fred now appears to have been moved into the "stuff" folder. (Note that "." is a synonym for "current directory")

mv fred alice **This renames ./fred to ./alice and thus appears to erase whatever was in alice. It's not however really erased---the old data in alice is still on the disk, but the sectors have just been released to the filesystem for re-use.

From the above, we see that--by default--mv can wipe out the target, but probably will not wipe out the source.
 
  


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