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Linux / Unix Command: mv
Command Library

NAME

mv - move (rename) files  

SYNOPSIS

mv [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY SOURCE...  

EXAMPLES

DESCRIPTION

Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

--backup[=CONTROL]
make a backup of each existing destination file
-b
like --backup but does not accept an argument
-f, --force
do not prompt before overwriting equivalent to --reply=yes
-i, --interactive
prompt before overwrite equivalent to --reply=query
--reply={yes,no,query}
specify how to handle the prompt about an existing destination file
--strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE
argument
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX
override the usual backup suffix
--target-directory=DIRECTORY
move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
-u, --update
move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing
-v, --verbose
explain what is being done
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

The backup suffix is `~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Here are the values:

none, off
never make backups (even if --backup is given)
numbered, t
make numbered backups
existing, nil
numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
simple, never
always make simple backups
 

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for mv is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mv programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info mv

should give you access to the complete manual.


Important: Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.

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