FAQ: Manipulation - Wildcards

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I am stuck on number 3: Navigate to the superhero/ directory.

List all files and directories in the working directory. You should see superman.txt in it.
I typed in superhero/, but the reply is : bash: superhero/: No such file or directory

What am I doing wrong?

To navigate to the superhero directory you enter the command: cd superhero
cd means change directory. Then you’ll enter ls to list all the files and directories.

Thanks for your help

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why spiderman isn’t appeared in step 3
when i type ls only batman.txt superman.txt appeard only where is spiderman.txt?

I think it’s important to note that in Step 7:

mv batman.txt spiderman.txt

The contents of batman.txt are overwriting the file contents of spiderman.txt .

batman.txt will essentially be deleted after this command.

mv batman.txt spiderman.txt
8.List all files and directories in the working directory. You should see the file batman.txt has been renamed as spiderman.txt .

i’m confused, so the mv command renamed the file to spiderman.txt?

Hey i cant find the action directory ??
Am i dumb or what XD

i am stuck on step 5 Then type

mv wonderwoman.txt batman.txt superhero/
need help


I’m stuck on step 5 too and now I can’t go forward or back, no commands I try work


I’m stuck on step 6. i did step five and now I can’t get out of the movies directory.

Hello @progresspanda!

Could you explain in more detail what issue you are having?

I’ve also attached the tree structure used for this lesson below. Hope it helps!

Thanks very much anyway, but I found a way to finish the lesson (after a long fight with it). I recommend someone review the instructions, because I’m sure I followed all of them the the first time and it turned into a mess.

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You can refer to the tree diagram we were given at the very beginning (https://s3.amazonaws.com/codecademy-content/courses/learn-the-command-line/img/LCL-fileTrees-02.png) or it should the child of movies/ so when in movies you can type cd action/ to move to the action directory or type cd … if you’re in a child of action/

When moving to the next step it moves us to the root directory movies, but first step wants us to move backward to complete the step as if we were in child nodes from previous exercise. This is one of the bugs

is this correct so far?

Hello @panosspathis and welcome to the Codecademy Forums!

It looks like you’ve moved superman.txt from the action directory into the superhero directory, so you’re good so far!


There’s some issues with these lessons. The lesson text thinks we’re in a different directory and expects the command cd ../ to get to target folder, in this lesson’s case, the action folder.

But because the system is looking specifically for you to type in cd ../ it won’t pass until you do, but if you do, you won’t be in the right place for the rest of the lesson.

For example, in lesson 7, your actual current working directory is the Movies folder which contains the folders:

action comedy drama genres.txt

so to get to the action folder, you would enter in cd action/ not what it suggests of cd ../

I’m also stuck on step 3, it’s not recognising my superman.txt file

Edit: Nevermind, changing to the previous directory made it pass…