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I had two folders in the same directory and I wanted to move one into other with the command mv foo /foo2. But now foo has vanished.

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If the above command terminated without a Permission Denied error, it means you had root privileges when you ran it and it actually moved the directory foo into the directory /foo2, which is not foo2 in the current directory, but foo2 under the root directory (/).

You'll want to do

mv /foo2 foo2

in the directory where you issued the original command.

  • yep just found it - i forgot it would end up in / – cea Jun 7 '14 at 12:18

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