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I need to move my folder with many subfolders to another path.

I'm using putty and this is what I tried: MV -r fromflderpath tofolderpath

What am I doing wrong?

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I presume you are entering the command 'mv' and NOT 'MV'. – mdpc Oct 31 '12 at 17:59

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The mv command doesn't have an -R flag, it moves folders recursively:

sudo mv fromPath/ toPath/


If you want a file not to be replaced, use the -i for being prompted in case a file with the same name exists.

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:I've a file,i've to move this to another directory but in this directory,i've a file with same name.what is the command to move it ,if i move,will i get replaced. – ram Oct 31 '12 at 17:52
am I missing something here? mv moves a folder and all its contents without any flags. no cp -r;rm -r needed – Drake Clarris Oct 31 '12 at 18:16
sorry, my bad. :) – Evandro Silva Oct 31 '12 at 18:23

For who trying to move folder, on ubuntu using putty just use the following command:

sudo mv /fromPath/ /toPath/

for exemple:

sudo mv /root/folder1 /home/folder2/

"/" in the end :this mean you are going to move folder1 inside folder2

else you gonna get "no such file or directory"

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