Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving and renaming files and directories, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
In this movie we'll talk about moving and renaming files and directories.…I'll start out by just doing ls -la to see what's in our user directory.…A couple files that I have added here that are in the exercise files.…overwrite_tests1 and overwrite_test2, those are just real simple files.…Just so you can see what's in them, just overwrite_test1. I just put a bit of text in there.…We'll be using that a little later on to talk about overwriting.…Everything else are things we have been working on before and should be…available in exercise files.…So we want to move files around. All we need is the mv command.…
mv, the file that we want to move, let's say we want to move newfile.txt, and then…a space and then the path where we want to move it to. This can either be a…relative or an absolute path.…In this case, I'll just say a relative path. testdir/newfile.txt. There it is.…It moved it into that directory.…If we do ls -la testdir, you can see now that that's where the file exists and…it's no longer in this directory. So it did move it.…
- Moving around the file system
- Creating and reading files
- Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files and directories
- Creating hard links and symbolic links
- Understanding user identity, file ownership, and sudo
- Setting file permissions with alpha and octal notation
- Changing the PATH variable
- Using the command history
- Directing input and output
- Configuring the Unix working environment
- Searching and replacing using grep and regular expressions
- Manipulating text with tr, sed, and cut
- Integrating with the Finder, Spotlight, and AppleScript
Skill Level Beginner
Q: The exercise files for the following movies appear to be broken:
Is there something wrong with them?
These exercises include one or more "dot files", whose file names start with a period. These files are normally hidden from view by the Finder. So that they would show up in the Finder, the period has been removed from the file names. Additionally, "_example" has been added at the end of the file name to make it clear that the file will not work as-is.
To make the dot files usable, either:
1) Open the file in a text editor to view its contents. Note that it may not be possible to double-click the file to open it because there is no file extension (such as .txt).
2) Resave the file under a new name (usually by choosing File > Save As), adding a "." to the beginning of the file name and removing "_example" from the end.
1) Copy and rename the file from the Unix command line using the techniques discussed in this course. Rename the file by adding a "." to the start and removing "_example" from the end. Include the "-i" option to prevent overwriting an existing file unexpectedly.
Example: cp -i ~/Desktop/Exercise\ Files/Chapter_07/07_02_files/bashrc_example ~/.bashrc
1. Introduction to Unix
2. Filesystem Basics
3. Working with Files and Directories
4. Ownership and Permissions
5. Commands and Programs
6. Directing Input and Output
7. Configuring Your Working Environment
8. Unix Power Tools
9. Useful Mac-Only Commands and Techniques
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