Yeah, so I was trying to move a folder around, and now I'm having trouble finding it.

Originally it was in my .../Downloads/ directory.

I did: sudo mv Downloads/Blah/ ~/ ... which seemed to work fine.

Then I realized that the folder I moved was using other files from the Downloads directory, so I tried to move it back.

I did: sudo mv Blah/ /Downloads/ ... I note that I probably should have typed Downloads/ rather than /Downloads/.

Now, I can't find the folder "Blah". I tried ls in Downloads, to no luck.

I have also tried sudo find / -name Blah -type d and other variations of the find command.

Any suggestions?

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Did you have a /Downloads folder before? Because most likely, now your Blah directory is /Downloads.

In the future, you probably should avoid using sudo for these types of operations. They're all inside your own directory, you shouldn't need to use it at all.

  • Yes, the /Downloads folder existed... it's where I originally moved Blah out of (to home directory). So now the contents of /Downloads have been removed in place of Blah?
    – d0rmLife
    Dec 29, 2014 at 18:55
  • So, when you say .../Downloads/ you mean /Downloads/?
    – jsbillings
    Dec 29, 2014 at 18:56
  • Sorry for ignorance. I mean user$/Downloads/.
    – d0rmLife
    Dec 29, 2014 at 18:57
  • @d0rmLife you renamed ~/blah to /Downloads which is a directory in the root dir of the filesystem / instead of in your home directory ~ Dec 29, 2014 at 18:58
  • The contents of the old ~/Downloads/Blah/ should be inside /Downloads/, if it was indeed renamed as steeldriver said.
    – jsbillings
    Dec 29, 2014 at 18:59

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