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My directory (in Linux) looks like com/com/{various,files} where com and com are folders of the same name and the second com holds the various files. I want the first com removed, but the second and files in the second kept.

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    mv com COM; mv COM/com com; rmdir COM Sep 2 '14 at 2:51
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Rename the outer directory out of the way, move the inner one to the name you want, and then delete the (now empty) outer directory:

$ mv com to-delete
$ mv to-delete/com com
$ rmdir to-delete

You could also mv com/com/* com and remove the inner directory, if you don't have too many files and none of them are dotfiles, but the above is more general and more efficient.

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The only way to accomplish this is to move the "various files" up a level and then remove the second "com" directory.

Example

$ mv com/com/(various files) com/.
$ rmdir com/com
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So here you have this all in one:-

mv com/com/ SOME-TEMPORARY-NAME ; rm -rf com ; mv SOME-TEMPORARY-NAME com

The ; simply lets you run all the commands in one go.

And then I have used rm -rf so that even if you have any other files inside com/ all will be removed without user-interaction.

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  • You've been around long enough that you should know: one or two line answers are not considered terribly helpful. Consider expanding your post with some explanation or documentation (or perhaps reasoning for the -rf there).
    – HalosGhost
    Sep 2 '14 at 3:51
  • @HalosGhost Sorry, short question, short answer ;) . I have updated the answer now.
    – beginer
    Sep 2 '14 at 4:08

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