This afternoon I wanted to move some files between two folders, on two different filesystems.
You can read a lot of thing about
mv and attributes preservation, and people seems to imply that
mv can change them upon action.
But (at least in my case on a desktop Fedora), it does seems to preserve attributes (owner, group, permissions, creation time and modification time) in any cases (it may not be if you use some kind of reduced flavor like busybox or an other Unix like BSD). The only altered attribute is
atime (as shown by the
mv path/source path/dest is a perfectly valid move, and so is
cp -r -p /path/source /path/dest. But if you are looking for a slightly more flexible solution with
rsync and speed/progress:
# 1. be careful to keep the trailing slash on the old folder! # 2. --info=progress2 show the overall progress accross all # files currently discovered by rsync, it may NOT be accurate # at first, until the whole tree is listed rsync -a --remove-source-files --info=progress2 old-folder/ new-folder
--remove-source-files will ensure each file is properly copied on the other end and delete it from the source. It does so on a file-by-file basis.