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mv(1)									mv(1)


  mv - Moves files and directories


  mv [-i  | -f]	[--] file1 file2

  mv [-i  | -f]	[--] file1... directory

  mv [-i  | -f]	[--] directory1... destination_directory

  The mv command moves files from one directory	to another or renames files
  and directories.


  Interfaces documented	on this	reference page conform to industry standards
  as follows:

  mv:  XCU5.0

  Refer	to the standards(5) reference page for more information	about indus-
  try standards	and associated tags.


  -f  Overrides	the -i option and any mode restrictions.  (If both -f and -i
      are specified--for example, because an alias includes one	of
      them--whichever appears last overrides the other.)

  -i  Prompts you with the name	of the file followed by	a question mark	when-
      ever a move is to	supersede an existing file.  If	the answer begins
      with y, or the locale's equivalent of a y, the move continues.  Any
      other reply prevents the move from occurring. (If	both -f	and -i are
      specified--for example, because an alias includes	one of
      them--whichever appears last overrides the other.)

  --  Interprets all following arguments to mv as file names.  This allows
      file names to start with a - (dash).


  If you move a	file to	a new directory, mv retains the	original file name.
  When you move	a file,	all other links	to the file remain intact.

  In the second	form, one or more files	are moved to directory with their
  original file	names.	In the third form, one or more directories are moved
  to the destination directory with their original names.

  The mv command does not move a file onto itself.

  When you use mv to rename a file, the	target file can	be either a new	file
  name or a new	directory path name.  If moving	the file would overwrite an
  existing file	that does not have write permission set	and if standard	input
  is a terminal, mv displays the permission code of the	file to	be overwrit-
  ten and reads	one line from standard input.  If the line begins with y, or
  the locale's equivalent of a y, the move takes place and the file is
  overwritten.	If not,	mv does	nothing	with the file.

  When you use mv to move a directory into an existing directory, the direc-
  tory and its contents	are added under	the existing directory.

  The LC_MESSAGES variable determines the locale's equivalent of y or n	(for
  yes/no queries).

  If a mv operation fails, mv generally	writes a diagnostic message to stan-
  dard error, does nothing more	with the current source	file, and goes on to
  process any remaining	source files.

  If the copying or removal of a file is prematurely terminated	by a signal
  or error, mv might leave a partial copy of the file at either	the source or
  the target path name.	The mv program does not	modify the source and target
  path names simultaneously; therefore,	program	termination at any point
  always leaves	either the source file or the target file complete.


   1.  [Tru64 UNIX]  If	the source is on a different file system than the
       destination, mv must copy the source to the destination's file system
       and then	delete the source. The effect is equivalent to the following:
	    rm -f destination &&&& cp -pr	source destination &&&& rm -rf source

   2.  The mv command might overwrite existing files. Specify the -i option
       last on the command line	to cause the mv	command	to prompt you before
       it moves	a file.


  The following	exit values are	returned:

  0   All files	were moved successfully.

  >>0  An error occurred.


   1.  To rename a file, enter:
	    mv file1 file2

       This renames file1 to file2.  If	a file named file2 already exists,
       its old contents	are replaced with those	of file1.

   2.  To move a directory, enter:
	    mv dir1 dir2

       This moves dir1 to dir2.	 It moves dir1 and all files and directories
       under dir1 to the directory named dir2, if the second directory
       exists.	Otherwise, the directory dir1 gets renamed dir2.

   3.  To move a file to another directory and give it a new name, enter:
	    mv file1 dir1/file2

       This moves file1	to dir1/file2.	The name file1 is removed from the
       current directory, and the same file appears as file2 in	the directory

   4.  To move a file to another directory, keeping the	same name, enter:
	    mv file1 dir1

       This moves file1	to dir1/file1.

   5.  To move several files into another directory, enter:
	    mv file1 dir1/file2	/u/dir2

       This moves file1	to /u/dir2/file1 and dir1/file2	to /u/dir2/file2.

   6.  To use mv with pattern-matching characters, enter:
	    mv	dir1/* .

       This moves all files in the directory dir1 into the current directory
       (.), giving them	the same names they had	in dir1. This also empties
       dir1.  Note that	you must type a	space between the * (asterisk) and
       the . (dot).


  The following	environment variables affect the execution of mv:

      Provides a default value for the internationalization variables that
      are unset	or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value
      from the default locale is used.	If any of the internationalization
      variables	contain	an invalid setting, the	utility	behaves	as if none of
      the variables had	been defined.

      If set to	a non-empty string value, overrides the	values of all the
      other internationalization variables.

      Determines the locale for	the interpretation of sequences	of bytes of
      text data	as characters (for example, single-byte	as opposed to multi-
      byte characters in arguments).

      Determines the locale for	the format and contents	of diagnostic mes-
      sages written to standard	error.

      Determines the location of message catalogues for	the processing of


  Commands:  cp(1), ln(1), rm(1)

  Functions:  rename(2)

  Standards:  standards(5)