I had some times in /var/WWW/html, I wanted to move them into a directory in same folder but since I couldn't move folder into itself so decided to move all files from /html to `/var/WWW, so I did:

mv * ..

But now I cant find all those files in "WWW" directory, I even tried ls -a but nothing.

I've tried searching and locating the files but no results, is there a way to get those files back?

  • maybe some of them still are in old path: ls -la /var/WWW/html – Ravexina Jun 16 '17 at 15:38
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    Are you sure it was /var/WWW/ and not /var/www/? See if history shows you what cd command you did before the mv. – Rinzwind Jun 16 '17 at 15:41
  • it was /www not WWW 114 cd /var/www/ 115 ls 116 cd html 117 ls 118 mkdir ogp 119 mv * .. – Saeed Mohammad Jun 16 '17 at 15:46
  • Please post the result of ls -a /var/www and ls -a /var/www/html – George Udosen Jun 16 '17 at 17:47

Check the /var directory, and if you know one of the file names you can also try

>$ locate filename

If command locate is not installed install it as follows:

>$ sudo apt update
>$ sudo install mlocate

The database is update once daily by using a cron script but you can update it manually using

>$ sudo updatedb
  • The locate command uses a database that is usually only updated once per day – steeldriver Jun 16 '17 at 16:54

Try searching for them with the command:

find / -iname *.html

this will search your computer for all html files, replace the html with whatever file extension you used(.css, .php, etc.).

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