I did a mistake, I was logged as root and I moved the home folder accidentally. I don't have a GUI as I am running on a Openstack virtual machine setup by someone else. I can't boot from a LiveUSB and move it back.

Here is what it looks like

  • ....
    • (here there should be home)
    • root
      • mydirectoryname (this used to be the homefolder)
        • mydirectoryname (it has the same name as its parent. I don't care if i loose what is inside)
        • Ubuntu

Please, help me get things as this again:

  • ....
    • home
      • Ubuntu
    • root

Which command should I execute ? Thank you for your help !!

  • Why not boot from a LiveUSB and move it back? – Pilot6 Aug 16 '17 at 21:08
  • Im using a virtual machine openstack at my company, I cannot do that... – firepod Aug 16 '17 at 21:09
  • Then edit your question and give a full description of the problem. Now it is very unclear. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '17 at 21:11
  • And what is the problem to move the directory back? – Pilot6 Aug 16 '17 at 21:15
  • I don't know what command to execute. I really don't want to do a mistake... Could you help me ? :) – firepod Aug 16 '17 at 21:16


mv /root/mydirectoryname /home
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  • Do I need to be in a specific folder to execute this ? – firepod Aug 16 '17 at 21:20
  • It does not matter. I used absolute path. – Pilot6 Aug 16 '17 at 21:20
  • Thank you so much ! Didn't want to get killed for my first week of internship – firepod Aug 16 '17 at 21:23

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