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Linux Move Directory Command

I am new to Linux and command line. How do I move a directory under Linux operating systems?

To move SOURCE directory to a DEST directory use the mv command as follows:

mv source dest
mv /path/to/source /path/to/dest

In this example, move /home/vivek/data/ directory to /nas/home/vivek/archived/ directory:
$ mv /home/vivek/data/ /nas/home/vivek/archived/
$ cd /home/vivek
$ mv data/ /nas/home/vivek/archived/

To get verbose output (explain what is being done), type:
$ mv -v /home/vivek/data/ /nas/home/vivek/archived/

How do I Move Multiple Directories?

Use the following syntax to move dir1 and dir2 to /path/to/dest/ directory:
$ mv -v dir1 dir2 /path/to/dest/
$ ls -l /path/to/dest/

OR use the following syntax:
$ mv -v /home/vivek/dir1/ /home/vivek/dir2/ -t /nas/home/vivek/archived/

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • sylvainulg April 3, 2012, 12:05 pm

    and if for some reasons, you hadn’t the “-v” option enabled at first or would rather be happy with some periodic updates, you can use something like

    watch “lsof -n | grep ‘mv .* /path/to/dest/’ “

  • Ilan Ben-Shmuel April 24, 2013, 12:44 am

    Also openjdk-6 libraries works for me

  • Tshepo March 17, 2015, 8:04 pm

    Bash: “No such file or directory”

  • aref ghobadi August 18, 2015, 11:01 am

    thanks a lot
    mv command check the source and dest if!
    source and dest was on a partition action rename
    source and dest was not on a partition action copy

  • Dileep Thomas November 17, 2016, 4:31 am

    Thanks for the Solution. It worked for me. :)

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