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

NAME
     mv	-- move	files

SYNOPSIS
     mv	[-f | -i] source target
     mv	[-f | -i] source ... 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 -i option is ignored if the -f option is	specified.)

     -i	   Causes 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'', the move is
	   attempted.

     It	is an error for	either the source operand or the destination path to
     specify a directory unless	both do.

     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 -pr source_file destination && \
	   rm -rf source_file

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

SEE ALSO
     cp(1), symlink(7)

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

FreeBSD	11.1			 May 31, 1993			  FreeBSD 11.1

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