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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: mrmobius on Aug 02, '10 10:49:18AM

In the terminal

sudo mv "folder path to be moved" "destination path"

It's actually very easy even for non-terminal users. Open the terminal type sudo mv then a space then drag the folder/s you want on the terminal window to have the path auto fill. Then drag the destination folder on ther terminal window. Hit return, type your password and boom. All folders will be moved not copied.

In the case of the description you mentioned your user was most likely different for each user folder hence the copy not move. You could have lso changed ownership of the files to the new user and no copy would take place. In the terminal it's chown -r "new user" "folder or file"



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: BLAZE_MkIV on Aug 02, '10 12:14:00PM

I did the recursive change permissions in the finder get info window first. Only worked for the files not folders. The mv man page doesn't specify if it would copy or not and I didn't want it to fail after filling up my drive.



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: eagle on Aug 16, '10 11:33:05AM

From the manpage to 'mv' ...

"NAME
mv -- move files"

:)

"mv" moves files. "cp" copies files.

Anyway, most users probably wouldn't want to use the Terminal, but that's what I would have done.



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