How can I move a file within a directory to the current working directory without renaming?

I can mv a file from current working directory to the parent directory without renaming using the shorthand..

mv file.file ../

To move a file from a directory to the current working directory I've tried..

mv directory/file.file /

but I get permission denied.


mv directory/file.file file.file

works but I have to type out the file name and the autocomplete won't work because the file isn't in the current working directory.

Isn't there a shorthand to specify the current working directory?


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    The current working directory is '.' (a single dot) – Stephen Rauch Jan 17 '17 at 1:35
  • Thanks! I thought I tried that. But I just tried it and of course it works. I knew it was something simple. – deanresin Jan 17 '17 at 1:37
  • Oh and nice job on the question. Shows a lot of thought and that is why you probably won't a lot of duh's.... :-) – Stephen Rauch Jan 17 '17 at 1:39
  • @StephenRauch: You should probably make that into an answer. – Julie Pelletier Jan 17 '17 at 1:48
  • @JuliePelletier OK – Stephen Rauch Jan 17 '17 at 1:51

To move a file to the current directory you (as you correctly surmised) need to indicate which directory to move to. This is because mv will note that the destination is a directory and will not rename the file on the way. So the...

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How do I denote the current directory on the command line


The current working directory is . (a single dot)

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