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Changing the name or location of a directory

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If you decide to change the name of a directory, or move it to a different location in your file structure, you can use the mv command.

For example, if you have a directory whose relative pathname is bob/ray and you want to change it to bob/dobbs, you could use this command:

    % mv bob/ray bob/dobbs

As another example, to move directory bob/dobbs so that it then lives in directory /u/gene/pickle:

    % mv bob/dobbs /u/gene/pickle

There are some restrictions on where you can move a directory. If you try to move a directory and you get a message something like "cannot move file across filesystems", please ask a system programmer for advice.

Next: How to make a file appear in multiple directories
See also: How to organize large collections of files
Previous: Getting rid of a directory
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