Copy, Move, Delete on Command Line

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    Copy, Move, Delete on Command Line with Addison Berry
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    Welcome to the next video in the Command Line Basics series.
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    In the first video we looked at just sort of moving
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    around from the command line within a file structure.
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    And today, we're going to actually look a little bit more
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    at actually working with the files themselves,
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    so we're going to be doing copy, move, and delete, renaming,
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    and just sort of play around a little bit and figure out what
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    you can do with the files that are already there.
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    To start off here, real quick, I am in my terminal window at
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    the command line, and I just want to review
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    some stuff real quick from the first videos.
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    The first thing that we have is pwd, where I am,
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    and then I can actually move around.
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    So, change directory, cd.
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    I'm going to cd into my Drupal directory
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    and then ls to list the contents of this directory
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    so I can see what I'm working with.
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    The directory I want to work with today is the stuff
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    folder that's here.
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    But first, important, important command whenever doing any stuff
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    here is to learn how to make a copy of something.
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    So, instead of actually messing with this,
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    I'm going to do the cp command, which is for copy.
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    I'm going to copy my stuff folder to another folder,
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    and then just play with that, so if I mess everything up,
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    it's fine.
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    I'm not actually going to destroy any of my stuff.
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    So, I put the name of the folder.
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    I want to copy, and then I put the name of the new folder
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    after that, after space.
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    And you'll notice it didn't actually do it,
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    and it's giving me a little message here
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    because I kind of messed up.
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    So stuff is a directory, and whenever you're working
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    with directories, oftentimes, the command line
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    would like you to work recursively,
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    so you have to put a -r.
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    So, I'm going to do cp, then space, then dash,
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    and then r to say copy this recursively.
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    So not just the top thing, but all the stuff inside.
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    So now I do the same thing.
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    Put the name of my folder, stuff,
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    and then the name of the new folder that I am copying it to,
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    which is going to be more_stuff. And now that
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    time it worked.
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    And when I do my ls, you can see now I have a stuff
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    and a more_stuff folder.
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    And they have identical contents in them now.
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    So, copy is sanity.
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    So, most important thing to learn.
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    I'm going to go into more_stuff,
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    and we're going to sort of work in here.
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    This is my ls.
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    These are all the crazy, just random files that
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    I have in my more_stuff folder now.
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    First thing I'm going to do here to help organize
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    is actually make a new folder.
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    You do that by doing a mkdir, make directory.
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    So, m-k-d-i-r is saying make a folder for me,
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    and then give the folder a name.
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    So,I've just made a new folder call stats,
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    and so when I do my ls, you'll see I have stats.
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    If I do a ls -al to get more detail,
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    when you look at this, you can see it has the d,
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    if you remember from the first video,
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    which is telling me it's a directory rather than a file.
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    So, I created my new folder.
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    It's that simple.
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    So now I can actually, you know, get some stuff into
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    that to help organize this crazy.
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    So, I can go ahead and copy a file,
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    and I'm going to copy one of these stats.
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    Drupal_January, there we go.
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    I'm going to copy that into my stats folder.
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    So, filename and the folder I want it to go.
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    And when I do the ls now, you'll notice that the
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    Drupal_January file is still in my
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    more_stuff folder.
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    It's also, if I go into the stats folder,
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    it's in there as well.
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    So, I copied it, so it didn't remove it.
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    It just actually made a copy of it,
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    which isn't exactly what I wanted to clean up.
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    So if I go back up, I'm now in my more_stuff folder,
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    rather than stats. I want to get rid of this file from here,
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    since I've already copied it to the other location.
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    So, to get rid of stuff, you remove, which is rm.
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    So, if I want to remove a file, delete it,
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    it's going to go bye-bye, then I can just do my rm
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    command with the filename and boom, it's gone.
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    I do my ls, it's not here, but it is still in the stats
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    folder because I just copied it over there.
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    So now, that was sort of annoying to have to copy
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    and then remove, and there is a better way to
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    do that using the move command, which is mv.
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    So, instead of copying and removing,
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    I'm just going to move and do an mv for the other file,
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    which is drupal_downloads_january.
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    So, I will move that into my stats folder.
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    So, that's the folder.
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    Now I do the ls, that one's gone.
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    It actually removed it and put it into stats for me.
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    So, move, copy, remove; those are the three basic commands
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    we'll be looking at.
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    We'll play with them a little bit more.
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    Okay, so let's pop back up to the more_stuff folder here,
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    so I'm back up there, and the next thing I want to do is look
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    at moving a file up out of this directory.
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    I have this Drupal Usability thing,
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    and I actually have a usability folder that's
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    a sibling of more_stuff.
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    And just like we did when we were doing cd in
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    the first video, I can just use that dot-dot for moving
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    in my directory.
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    So I can move the usability file that's here.
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    dot-dot, go up one directory, slash,
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    put it into the usability folder.
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    And I can go ahead and do that and that will
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    move me up an ounce.
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    So, the same things that you're using for cd to move around
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    directories, you can also use with things like the move
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    and copy commands, as well.
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    And you can see it's now gone; took it out of the directory
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    for me, which is awesome.
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    So we're cleaning up.
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    Keep the cleanup motion going, here.
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    What I want to do now is move the stats folder
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    up and out of here, because it doesn't need
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    to stay in this stuff anymore.
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    So, I can use a move command with a folder, just like a file.
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    Put mv, the folder name, and then a dot-dot to move
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    up a directory.
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    Notice, I'm not using a -r for recursive like I needed
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    to with copy and remove.
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    Move works fine without that.
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    It's just going to move the whole folder,
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    so you see it's gone from here.
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    If I move back up, you can now see that stats is a sibling
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    of more_stuff, so move works the same either way.
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    Let's go back into more_stuff here and keep cleaning up.
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    The next thing that I want to do,
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    is I'm going to create a junk folder of just real junk.
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    So, let's do mkdir, m-k-d-i-r.
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    Name the folder as junk because it's just random stuff.
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    I have my new folder here now.
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    And let's move some stuff in there.
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    I've got some stuff that's just old,
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    like the cheat sheet from 4.7, I don't
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    really need that anymore.
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    I'm going to move that cheat sheet into my new junk folder.
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    And then, let's see,
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    what else do we have?
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    We have,
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    I have some stuff that's,
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    let me clear this up so you can see it again.
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    OK, at the top, we have 2003 and 2005 files.
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    I don't need those either, so I'm going to move those,
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    but I can use a wildcard so they both begin with 2000,
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    and then the rest, so I can use a wildcard asterisk,
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    and all files that start with 200 will get moved.
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    So, when I do that, you can see now they are
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    both gone at the same time.
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    Go into junk, they're both here.
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    You can also use that asterisk as a wildcard either
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    at the beginning or at the end, which comes in
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    handy if you have a lot of stuff, especially
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    like, say, filenames.
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    If I wanted star.jpegs.
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    Alright, let's go back up here to more_stuff.
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    There's my junk folder.
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    I don't really need a junk folder.
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    It's trash, so let's just actually remove the whole thing.
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    So, I'm going to remove junk, and again,
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    I need this recursive thing I mentioned before with copy.
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    Since it's a directory, it wants to be specifically
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    told to do this recursively so that I know what I'm doing.
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    So, rmr junk, and it is gone.
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    While we've been moving stuff around,
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    one thing we haven't looked at is how to
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    actually rename a file.
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    Let's see how you actually just,
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    I just want to rename it.
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    I don't actually want to move it or copy it anywhere.
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    And so, I have this file up here.
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    It's got a lot of spaces and dashes.
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    It's just sort of a funky name.
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    I want it shorter and more compact.
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    Now, you might think that there's a rename command,
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    like rn or something, and that's not true.
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    What we're going to do is actually use the move command
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    to move a file from one name to another.
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    So, I'm going to move this file.
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    And you can see these spaces, like on the command line,
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    you have to do a backslash and a space.
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    It's just sort of a mess on the command line,
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    so I want to get rid of that.
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    I'm going to move that file to this file.
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    It's essentially just going to rename it.
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    But this will be a nice, shorter name that'll be easier
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    for me to type out.
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    So now when I do my ls, you can see that totally
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    got changed from that long, big thing with lots
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    of spaces in it into just this little filename.
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    That's the simple thing with rename.
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    It's a little confusing because you're moving a file,
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    and all you're really doing is changing the name of it.
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    But handy.
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    Works really quickly and easily.
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    Good to know.
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    OK, quick review of the commands that
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    we have played with.
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    cp is copy. If you're working with a folder,
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    then you need to do the -r for recursive.
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    And then we have mv for actually moving
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    rather than copying.
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    So that will actually completely switch the location.
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    And then we have remove, which is deletion.
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    So, rm, and then again, if you have a folder,
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    you have to do that recursively with that -r.
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    mkdir simply gives you a new folder.
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    It's pretty straightforward.
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    And that's pretty much the commands we've looked at.
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    We have cd. We have ls from the earlier ones.
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    And I'm going to clean myself up here,
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    so what I want to do is go ahead and remove
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    that stats folder I made, and I'm going to remove
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    the more_stuff folder I made so that I can just
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    return back to my regular same stuff folder.
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    So, that's it for this video, and next time we'll be looking
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    at playing around with ownership and permissions
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    of files and such wonderful things as that.
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    Thanks a lot and see you next time.
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Copy, Move, Delete on Command Line


The second video in the command line basics series, this one covers common commands for dealing with files; copying, moving and deleting them. We walk through examples for the following commands: cp, mv, and rm.

Just a a fair warning that I say the word "stuff" way too many times in this video. Please just bear with it.

Note: this video was originally released September 8, 2009 on

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