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MV(1)							      General Commands Manual							     MV(1)

mv - move or rename files SYNOPSIS
mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file1 file2 mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file ... directory DESCRIPTION
Mv moves (changes the name of) file1 to file2. If file2 already exists, it is removed before file1 is moved. If file2 has a mode which forbids writing, mv prints the mode (see chmod(2)) and reads the standard input to obtain a line; if the line begins with y, the move takes place; if not, mv exits. In the second form, one or more files (plain files or directories) are moved to the directory with their original file-names. Mv refuses to move a file onto itself. Options: -i stands for interactive mode. Whenever a move is to supercede an existing file, the user is prompted by the name of the file followed by a question mark. If he answers with a line starting with 'y', the move continues. Any other reply prevents the move from occur- ring. -f stands for force. This option overrides any mode restrictions or the -i switch. - means interpret all the following arguments to mv as file names. This allows file names starting with minus. SEE ALSO
cp(1), ln(1) BUGS
If file1 and file2 lie on different file systems, mv must copy the file and delete the original. In this case the owner name becomes that of the copying process and any linking relationship with other files is lost. 4th Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 MV(1)

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CP(1)							      General Commands Manual							     CP(1)

cp - copy SYNOPSIS
cp [ -ip ] file1 file2 cp [ -ipr ] file ... directory DESCRIPTION
File1 is copied onto file2. By default, the mode and owner of file2 are preserved if it already existed; otherwise the mode of the source file modified by the current umask(2) is used. The -p option causes cp to attempt to preserve (duplicate) in its copies the modification times and modes of the source files, ignoring the present umask. In the second form, one or more files are copied into the directory with their original file-names. Cp refuses to copy a file onto itself. If the -i option is specified, cp will prompt the user with the name of the file whenever the copy will cause an old file to be overwrit- ten. An answer of 'y' will cause cp to continue. Any other answer will prevent it from overwriting the file. If the -r option is specified and any of the source files are directories, cp copies each subtree rooted at that name; in this case the destination must be a directory. SEE ALSO
cat(1), mv(1), rcp(1C) 4th Berkeley Distribution June 8, 1985 CP(1)
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