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What is the function to move files? I want to emulate the following shell command:

mv file dir

As described here, the closest is rename-file, but this would be emulating this:

mv file newfile

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That function can actually move files to directories, but its documentation was not in accord with its features. If the destination ends in a /, then the file is moved. e.g.

(rename-file "foo" "bar/")

will move foo into the directory bar.

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  • is a slash portable? How to build a dirname from a string in a portable way?
    – blueFast
    Jul 24, 2018 at 7:53
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    (file-name-as-directory "bar") is the portable way to do that.
    – rpluim
    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:41
  • OP: Please consider accepting this answer. I believe it's what you're looking for.
    – Drew
    Nov 10, 2018 at 18:43

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