Why do you move instead of renaming the folder?

March 3, 2018 515 views
Block Storage Debian

Hello, I have 1TB of occupied space, and every time I have to rename the folder, instead of renaming I think it moves it, the last time I made it from the console with mv namefolder newname and it takes more than 8 hours, because it does not rename it it moves it, now I'm doing it from https://cloud.digitalocean.com/spaces/ and it's the same, why does it take so long? it's supposed to be renaming not moving

1 Answer

Use this:

mv -T namefolder newfolder

In that case, namefolder will not be moved into newfolder if newfolder is a directory. However, if both namefolder and newfolder are directories and newfolder is empty, namefolder will be renamed to newfolder (and the original newfolder removed). If both are directories and newfolder is non-empty, mv -T will complain.

With -T, namefolder is renamed to newfolder, but without -T, namefolder is moved into the directory pointed to by newfolder.

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