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MV(1)											    MV(1)

NAME
       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 direc-
       tory 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 occurring.

       -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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