How to Move All Files Including Hidden Files into Parent Directory via *

How to move all files including hidden files into parent directory via *

You can find a comprehensive set of solutions on this in UNIX & Linux's answer to How do you move all files (including hidden) from one directory to another?. It shows solutions in Bash, zsh, ksh93, standard (POSIX) sh, etc.

You can use these two commands together:

mv /path/subfolder/* /path/   # your current approach
mv /path/subfolder/.* /path/ # this one for hidden files

Or all together (thanks pfnuesel):

mv /path/subfolder/{.,}* /path/

Which expands to:

mv /path/subfolder/* /path/subfolder/.* /path/

(example: echo a{.,}b expands to a.b ab)

Note this will show a couple of warnings:

mv: cannot move ‘/path/subfolder/.’ to /path/.’: Device or resource busy
mv: cannot remove /path/subfolder/..’: Is a directory

Just ignore them: this happens because /path/subfolder/{.,}* also expands to /path/subfolder/. and /path/subfolder/.., which are the directory and the parent directory (See What do “.” and “..” mean when in a folder?).

If you want to just copy, you can use a mere:

cp -r /path/subfolder/. /path/
# ^
# note the dot!

This will copy all files, both normal and hidden ones, since /path/subfolder/. expands to "everything from this directory" (Source: How to copy with cp to include hidden files and hidden directories and their contents?)

Move all files/directories/hidden files into directory but ignore destination directory?

What you're doing already actually works fine: you do get an error about moving something onto itself, but that error is harmless and doesn't stop the rest of it from working.

If you really don't like that, you can do this:

find . -maxdepth 1 ! -name backup -execdir mv {} backup +

Finding a filetype in current directory and subdirectory, including hidden files. (Homework)

It's not very clear what you are trying to achieve.

As lurker said in the comments cut -d. -f1 will make any line starting with a . be a blank line.

From your code, the closest I could think of is

find $directory -type f -iname '*.gif' | rev | cut -d/ -f1 | cut -d. -f2,3 | rev | sort -f

Giving you all gifs, hidden or not, without path or extension.


user@host /tmp % ls -aR
. .. subdirectory .test.gif test.gif

. .. .sub.gif sub.gif
user@host /tmp % find . -type f -iname '*.gif' | rev | cut -d/ -f1 | cut -d. -f2,3 | rev | sort -f

Searching files older than a specific time and move them into a specific folder

This one-liner can find the files in the directory passed as the first argument source directory, which is older than the second argument age and move the filtered files to the third argument destination directory

find /"$1" -maxdepth 1 -mtime +"$2" -type f -exec mv "{}" "$3" \;

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