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I have 2 folders:




I want to move and overwrite all of the files from tmp into the main folder.

I am currently using:

mv -f /home/sphinx/tmp/articlesdb/ /home/sphinx/

But I get this error:

mv: cannot move `/home/sphinx/tmp/articlesdb/' to a subdirectory of itself, `/home/sphinx/articlesdb'

It needs to do this as fast as possible so I don't want to copy.

Should I remove /home/sphinx/articlesdb/ completely and then run the mv command or do I just need to tweak the command slightly?

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Are there any linked folders involved here? – Chris S Mar 15 '11 at 15:36
no i dont think so – fire Mar 15 '11 at 15:37

What happens if you ensure that /home/sphinx/articlesdb is empty, then do

cd /home/sphinx/tmp/articlesdb
mv * /home/sphinx/articlesdb/
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Or if you go to /home/sphinx/tmp and do mv articlesdb /home/sphinx/. – Massimo Mar 16 '11 at 11:59

Decided to delete the original folder and then move it from tmp.

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Glad you resolved [or created a work around for] this issue. Please be sure to mark your answer as "accepted" when you are able. – jscott Jul 24 '12 at 23:34

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