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Actually I think Finder might be the best tool for what you want to do........
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 23132)
Posted on: 11-21-2019 08:21.
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create new folder in Desktop called DesktopCleanup (or whatever you want)
Then, in Finder, in a list view of desktop, select all. Hold down the command key to de-select the folder you just made. Then drag everything still selected from desktop into the new folder.

It's essentially doing a file move but it's not using BSD Unix mv command. Instead I believe it's calling some handler in Apple System Events which I believe in this case might better at dealing with the sheer number of files than command line mv.

On a healthy Mac, this should take zero time.


Edited by P. Briscoe at 11/21/2019 8:31:23 AM