mv(1) General Commands Manual mv(1)Name
mv - move or rename files
mv [-i] [-f] [-] file1 file2
mv [-i] [-f] [-] file... directory
The command 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, prints the mode and reads the
standard input to obtain a line. If the line begins with y, the move takes place. If it does not, exits. For further information, see
In the second form, one or more files (plain files or directories) are moved to the directory with their original file-names.
The command refuses to move a file onto itself.
- Interprets all following arguments as file names to allow file names starting with a minus.
-f Force. This option overrides any mode restrictions or the -i switch.
-i Interactive mode. If a move is to supersede an existing file, the system prompts youw with the name of the file fol-
lowed by a question mark. If you type a string that begins with y, the move occurs. If you type any other response,
the move does not occur.
If file1 and file2 lie on different file systems, 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.
See Alsocp(1), ln(1)mv(1)
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cp(1) General Commands Manual cp(1)Name
cp - copy file data
cp [ -f ] [ -i ] [ -p ] file1 file2
cp [ -f ] [ -i ] [ -p ] [ -r ] file... directory
cp [ -f ] [ -i ] [ -p ] [ -r ] directory... directory
The command copies file1 onto file2. The mode and owner of file2 are preserved if it already existed; the mode of file1 is used otherwise.
Note that the command will not copy a file onto itself.
In the second form, one or more files are copied into the directory with their original file names.
In the third form, one or more source directories are copied into the destination directory with their original file names.
Options-f Forces existing destination pathnames to be removed before copying, without prompting for confirmation. The -i option is ignored if
the -f option is specified.
-i Prompts user with the name of file whenever the copy will cause an old file to be overwritten. A yes answer will cause to continue.
Any other answer will prevent it from overwriting the file.
-p Preserves (duplicates) in the copies the modification time, access time, file mode, user ID, and group ID as allowed by the permis-
sions of the source files, ignoring the present umask.
-r Copies directories. Entire directory trees, including their subtrees and the individual files they contain, are copied to the speci-
fied destination directory. The directory, its subtrees, and the individual files retain their original names. For example, to copy
the directory including all of its subtrees and files, into the directory enter the following command:
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See Alsocat(1), pr(1), mv(1)cp(1)
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