I'm trying to write a script that moves files and (sub)directories from within one directory to another. That move operation should include not only regular files and directories but also any dot-files. So far I've come up with this:
mv -f "$SOURCE_DIR"/.?? "$TARGET_DIR" mv -f "$SOURCE_DIR"/.??* "$TARGET_DIR" mv -f "$SOURCE_DIR"/* "$TARGET_DIR"
But these commands fail if there are no files matching the patterns.
I need this move operation to succeed in any case ..
- regardless of the file name
- regardless if there are no files at all
- regardless of the type: file, link, directory, etc.
But I need the operation to fail if something goes wrong completely (e.g. insufficient privileges at the target directory, etc.) so just ignoring any errors is not a good option.
How to I solve this problem? I guess there is a very simple solution to that which I overlooked.
Thank you for your help!