MV

MV(1) User Commands MV(1)

NAME
mv – move (rename) files

SYNOPSIS
mv [OPTION]… [-T] SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]… SOURCE… DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]… -t DIRECTORY SOURCE…

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

-i, –interactive
prompt before overwrite

–strip-trailing-slashes
remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument

-S, –suffix=SUFFIX
override the usual backup suffix

-t, –target-directory=DIRECTORY
move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

-T, –no-target-directory
treat DEST as a normal file

-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 SIM-
PLE_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

AUTHOR
Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS
Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU
GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO
rename(2)

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

info coreutils ‘mv invocation’

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 6.12 December 2008 MV(1)

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