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mv – move (rename) files




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.

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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 command

info mv

should give you access to the complete manual.