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I am at the path:


And I create a sub folder:


Now I want to move all files and folders/sub-folders in the downloads folder to the sub-folder.

how can I do this?

I tried:

mv -R *.* new/

But move doesn't take the -R switch it seems.

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You do not need -R. Just mv * new Though, it will whine "cannot move new to new" or something similar. Perhaps mv -i * new to you prevent overwrites. – user8290 Jan 1 '12 at 0:59
up vote 20 down vote accepted

The command

mv !(new) new

should do the trick. If it doesn't work, run shopt -s extglob first.

To also move hidden files/directories (that beginning with a dot), run also shopt -s dotglob first.
So, to sum up:

shopt -s extglob dotglob
mv !(new) new
shopt -u dotglob

(it is always better to unset dotglob to avoid bad surprises).

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Thanks fro your info. It works for me.for an long time i looking for it. – Mughil Jan 1 '12 at 12:24
can you mention what is the significance of !(something) ? – a deer Feb 1 at 12:46
@adeer that is just saying not(something). In other words, copy everything but not something. Clear as mud? – RockyMountainHigh Feb 25 at 3:33
very. do you happen to know the equivalent for zsh ? – a deer Mar 7 at 10:16

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