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

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.

  • :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
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    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 those trying to move folder, on Ubuntu using Putty, just use the following command:

sudo mv /fromPath/ /toPath/

for example:

sudo mv /root/folder1 /home/folder2/

"/" in the end means you are going to move folder1 inside folder2

If you don't, you will get "no such file or directory"


This worked for me:

mv src_folder target_folder/src_folder

i.e. not mv src_folder target_folder/


If it's hard to use pure shell commands - you may want to install console application Midnight Commander, that makes it easier..

Midnight Commander Screenshot

$ sudo apt-get install mc

In Midnight Commander move folder or file from one panel to another is [F6], copy [F5]

$ mc

If you need root access

$ sudo mc

If you want to have a mouse support

$ sudo apt-get install gpm

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