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MV(1)                       General Commands Manual                      MV(1)



NAME
       mv  -  move or rename files and directories

SYNOPSIS
       mv file1 file2

       mv file ... directory

DESCRIPTION
       Mv moves (changes the name of) file1 to file2.

       If file2 already exists, it is removed before file1 is moved.  If file2
       has a mode which forbids writing, mv prints the mode (see chmod(2)) and
       reads  the  standard input to obtain a line; if the line begins with y,
       the move takes place; if not, mv exits.

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

       Mv refuses to move a file onto itself.

SEE ALSO
       cp(1), chmod(2)

BUGS
       If file1 and file2 lie on different file systems, mv must copy the file
       and delete the original.  In this case the owner name becomes  that  of
       the  copying  process  and any linking relationship with other files is
       lost.

       Mv should take -f flag, like rm, to suppress the question if the target
       exists and is not writable.



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