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 too.
- make a backup of each existing destination file
- like –backup but does not accept an argument
- -f, –force
- do not prompt before overwriting
- -i, –interactive
- prompt before overwrite
- 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
- 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
Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.
Report bugs to <email@example.com>.
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.
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.