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Linux / Unix Command: mv
Command Library


mv - move (rename) files  


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



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

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

make a backup of each existing destination file
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
specify how to handle the prompt about an existing destination file
--strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX
override the usual backup suffix
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
display this help and exit
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


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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