move contents of the current directory to the parent directory, then remove current directory.

mv * .[0-9a-Z]* ../; cd ..; rm -r $OLDPWD
I think this is less resource consuming than the previous examples

By: Elisiano
2010-11-12 11:03:58
cd mv rm

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I'm affraid a-Z is not doing what you think it does, as a is after Z in the ASCII order. Second problem with your command is that you don't test for the resultst of 'mv'. If, for a reason or another the move fails, you end up deleting all the files you wanted to move in the first place.
Baramin · 571 weeks and 2 days ago
Even if you correct the glob to [0-9a-zA-Z]*, that still leaves a lot of possible filenames that would not be moved... what about a file named '.~foo'? or '. foo'? (dot space foo)?
bartonski · 566 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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