|MV(1)||General Commands Manual||MV(1)|
mv — move
In its first form, the
mv utility renames
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
In its second form,
mv moves each file
named by a source operand to a destination file in the
existing directory named by the directory operand. The
destination path for each operand is the pathname produced by the
concatenation of the last operand, a slash, and the final pathname component
of the named file.
The following options are available:
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.
mvto be verbose, showing files as they are processed.
The last of any
-i options is the one which affects
It is an error for any of the source operands to specify a nonexistent file or directory.
It is an error for the source operand to specify a directory if the target exists and is not a directory.
If the destination path does not have a mode which permits
mv prompts the user for confirmation as
specified for the
rename(2) call fail because
source and target are on
different file systems,
mv will remove the
destination file, copy the source file to the destination, and then remove
the source. The effect is roughly equivalent to:
rm -f destination_path && \ cp -PRp source_file destination_path && \ rm -rf source_file
mv utility exits 0 on success, and
>0 if an error occurs.
mv utility is expected to be
IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”)
-v option is an extension to
IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”).
|December 26, 2002||NetBSD-7.0.1|