How do I move a folder in BSD/Linux/Apple OX or Unix operating system using bash command line option?
You need to use the
mv source target
mv folder1 folder2 target
mv folder1 file1 target
mv -option source target
The following example would move a folder named documents, without changing its name, from the current directory to an existing subdirectory of the current directory named /backups:
mv documents /backups
mv command can be used to move any number of files and folders in a single command. In this example, the following command moves all folders, including all the contents of those directories, from the current directory to the directory called /nas03/users/home/v/vivek
mv * /nas03/users/home/v/vivek
Please note that the asterisk is a wildcard character that represents all files and folders the current directory. In this next example, move only foo and bar folders from the /home/tom directory to the directory called /home/jerry:
mv /home/tom/foo /home/tom/bar /home/jerry
cd /home/tom mv foo bar /home/jerry
mv can see explain what is being done with the -v option i.e. it shows the name of each file before moving it:
mv -v /home/tom/foo /home/tom/bar /home/jerry
`/home/tom/foo/' -> `/home/jerry/foo' `/home/tom/bar/' -> `/home/jerry/bar'
You can prompt before overwrite i.e. pass the -i option to make mv interactive if the same name files/folder already exists in the destination directory:
mv -i foo /tmp
mv: overwrite `/tmp/foo'?
Taken from the man page of gnu/mv command:
--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file -b like --backup but does not accept an argument -f, --force do not prompt before overwriting -n, --no-clobber do not overwrite an existing file If you specify more than one of -i, -f, -n, only the final one takes effect. --strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument -S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix -t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY -T, --no-target-directory treat DEST as a normal file -u, --update move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing