|MV(1)||General Commands Manual||MV(1)|
mvutility moves the file named by the source operand to the destination path named by the target operand. This form is assumed when the last operand does not name an already existing directory.
In its second form,
mv moves each file
named by a source operand to the destination specified
by the directory operand. It is an error if the
directory does not exist. The destination path for
each source operand is the pathname produced by the
concatenation of the directory operand, a slash, and
the final pathname component of the named file.
In both forms, a source operand is skipped with an error message when the respective destination path is a non-empty directory, or when the source is a non-directory file but the destination path is a directory, or vice versa.
The options are as follows:
-foption overrides any previous
mvto write a prompt to standard error before moving a file that would overwrite an existing file. If the response from the standard input begins with the character “y”, the move is attempted. The
-ioption overrides any previous
mv utility moves symbolic links, not
the files referenced by the links.
If the destination path does not have a mode which permits
mv prompts the user for confirmation as
specified for the
$ rm -df -- destination_path && \ cp -PRp -- source destination_path && \ rm -rf -- source
mvutility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
$ mv -f foo bar
Either of these commands will rename the file -f to bar, prompting for confirmation if bar already exists:
$ mv -i -- -f bar $ mv -i ./-f bar
mvutility is compliant with the IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (“POSIX.1”) specification.
The flag [
-v] is an extension to that
mvcommand appeared in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.
$ mv f g d
will print an error message, leave f where it is, move g to d/g and return a non-zero exit status.
|November 14, 2018||OpenBSD-current|