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MV(1)			FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual			 MV(1)

NAME
     mv	-- move	files

SYNOPSIS
     mv	[-f | -i | -n] [-v] source target
     mv	[-f | -i | -n] [-v] source ... directory

DESCRIPTION
     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	direc-
     tory.

     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 oper-
     and.  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:

     -f	     Do	not prompt for confirmation before overwriting the destination
	     path.  (The -f option overrides any previous -i or	-n options.)

     -i	     Cause mv to 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' or `Y', the move is
	     attempted.	 (The -i option	overrides any previous -f or -n
	     options.)

     -n	     Do	not overwrite an existing file.	 (The -n option	overrides any
	     previous -f or -i options.)

     -v	     Cause mv to be verbose, showing files after they are moved.

     It	is an error for	the source operand to specify a	directory if the tar-
     get exists	and is not a directory.

     If	the destination	path does not have a mode which	permits	writing, mv
     prompts the user for confirmation as specified for	the -i option.

     As	the rename(2) call does	not work across	file systems, mv uses cp(1)
     and rm(1) to accomplish the move.	The effect is equivalent to:

	   rm -f destination_path && \
	   cp -pRP source_file destination && \
	   rm -rf source_file

EXIT STATUS
     The mv utility exits 0 on success,	and >0 if an error occurs.

COMPATIBILITY
     The -n and	-v options are non-standard and	their use in scripts is	not
     recommended.

SEE ALSO
     cp(1), rm(1), symlink(7)

STANDARDS
     The mv utility is expected	to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compati-
     ble.

HISTORY
     A mv command appeared in Version 1	AT&T UNIX.

FreeBSD	9.3			 May 12, 2007			   FreeBSD 9.3

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