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    Exclamation Take proper care to be sure.

    From the "Learn from my mistakes" department:

    GNU/Linux command line programs are very powerful things that happily do exactly what you tell them to.

    So, when I decided to move all the files from subdirectories into the next directory up (while re-organizing a collection of videos I've made over the years) I used the following command:

    mv ./*/* ./
    (move all files from all subdirectories in the current directory into the current directory)

    I really should have made use of the following command first:

    pwd
    (print working directory, ie. what is the current directory?)

    since, as it turns out, my current directory was not ~/Videos/projects/raw, but was instead ~/

    ouchies.

    Just hoping to spare you my pain =^_^=
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    Re: Take proper care to be sure.

    ouch indeed

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    Re: Take proper care to be sure.

    Ouch!
    Remember, rm with care, and only use sudo rm when all other options have been exhausted.

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