BSD 2.11 - man page for mv (bsd section 1)
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mv - move or rename files
mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file1 file2
mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file ... directory
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.
-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.
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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