I am trying to move all subdirectories of a folder to another share on the same server. If I do a mv *, I will run out of space since the folders are not removed until all folders get transferred. So I'd like to create a short script that loops through each one. Does any one have an example that I can look at? I've searched around but can't find exactly what I am looking for.
You could use
rsync --remove-source-files /path/to/source /path/to/destination
This will remove successfully transferred files from the original path.
mv command to move files from one volume to a different volume is a copy operation. But how would you run out of space on the source volume? You would only run out of space on the target volume if that volume is smaller than the total size of the files you're moving. But either way, you're only deallocating space on the source volume, not allocating more space on it.
If you use
mv to "move" files from one directory to another on the same volume, that's just a rename operation. You're not copying data, you're just adjusting file pointers to present a different directory hierarchy. You're not going to run out of space because the file data stays right where it was.
Either way, I'm not sure I see the problem. :-) Have you actually been trying this and running out of space, or are you just trying to plan ahead?
Just for reference, I believe the
mv command doesn't do a copy then delete operation, ie having
mv /home/foo /home/bar
exist simultaneously for a short period. It operates more like renaming. Essential changing the filesystem accounting so that what pointed at
/home/foo now points to
/home/bar without actually physically moving the data on disk from one place to another, or copying then deleteing from the previous location.