MV(1) User Commands MV(1)
mv – move (rename) files
mv [OPTION]… [-T] SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]… SOURCE… DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]… -t DIRECTORY SOURCE…
Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
make a backup of each existing destination file
-b like –backup but does not accept an argument
do not prompt before overwriting
prompt before overwrite
–strip-trailing-slashes remove any trailing slashes from each
override the usual backup suffix
move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
treat DEST as a normal file
move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination
file or when the destination file is missing
explain what is being done
–help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
The backup suffix is `~’, unless set with –suffix or SIM-
PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via
the –backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment vari-
able. Here are the values:
never make backups (even if –backup is given)
make numbered backups
numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
always make simple backups
Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.
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This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the
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The full documentation for mv is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If
the info and mv programs are properly installed at your site, the
should give you access to the complete manual.
mv 5.97 January 2009 MV(1)