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NAME

mv - move (rename) files

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Author
Copyright

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
-n, --no-clobber
  do not overwrite an existing file
If you specify more than one of -i, -f, -n, only the final one takes effect.
--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 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

AUTHOR

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

REPORTING BUGS

Report mv bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
Report mv translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2011 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 command
info coreutils mv invocation
should give you access to the complete manual.


GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb MV (1) September 2011
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