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mv(1)				 User Commands				 mv(1)

NAME
       mv - move files

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/bin/mv [-fi] source	target_file

       /usr/bin/mv [-fi] source...   target_dir

       /usr/xpg4/bin/mv	[-fi] source target_file

       /usr/xpg4/bin/mv	[-fi] source...	 target_dir

DESCRIPTION
       In  the first synopsis form, the	mv utility moves the file named	by the
       source operand to the destination specified by the target_file.	source
       and target_file may not have the	same name. If target_file does not ex-
       ist, mv creates a file named target_file. If  target_file  exists,  its
       contents	 are overwritten. This first synopsis form is assumed when the
       final operand does not name an existing directory.

       In the second synopsis form, mv moves each file named by	a source oper-
       and  to	a destination file in the existing directory named by the tar-
       get_dir operand.	The destination	path for each source is	the concatena-
       tion  of	 the  target  directory, a single slash	character (/), and the
       last path name component	of the source. This  second  form  is  assumed
       when the	final operand names an existing	directory.

       If  mv determines that the mode of target_file forbids writing, it will
       print the mode (see chmod(2)), ask for a	response, and read  the	 stan-
       dard input for one line.	If the response	is affirmative,	the mv occurs,
       if permissible; otherwise, the command exits. Notice that the mode dis-
       played may not fully represent the access permission if target is asso-
       ciated with an ACL. When	the parent directory of	source is writable and
       has the sticky bit set, one or more of the following conditions must be
       true:

	 o  the	user must own the file

	 o  the	user must own the directory

	 o  the	file must be writable by the user

	 o  the	user must be a privileged user

       If source is a file and target_file is a	 link  to  another  file  with
       links, the other	links remain and target_file becomes a new file.

       If  source and target_file/target_dir are on different file systems, mv
       copies the source and deletes the original. Any	hard  links  to	 other
       files are lost. mv will attempt to duplicate the	source file character-
       istics to the target, that is,  the  owner  and	group  id,  permission
       modes, modification and access times, ACLs, and extended	attributes, if
       applicable.  For	symbolic links,	mv will	preserve only  the  owner  and
       group of	the link itself.

       If  unable  to  preserve	 owner and group id, mv	will clear S_ISUID and
       S_ISGID bits in the target. mv  will  print  a  diagnostic  message  to
       stderr  if unable to clear these	bits, though the exit code will	not be
       affected. mv may	be unable to preserve extended attributes if the  tar-
       get   file   system   does   not	  have	 extended  attribute  support.
       /usr/xpg4/bin/mv	will print a diagnostic	 message  to  stderr  for  all
       other  failed attempts to duplicate file	characteristics. The exit code
       will not	be affected.

       In order	to preserve the	source file characteristics, users  must  have
       the appropriate file access permissions.	This includes being super-user
       or having the same owner	id as the destination file.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -f	mv will	move the file(s) without prompting even	if it is writ-
		ing  over an existing target. Note that	this is	the default if
		the standard input is not a terminal.

       -i	mv will	prompt for confirmation	whenever the move would	 over-
		write an existing target. An affirmative answer	means that the
		move should proceed. Any other answer prevents mv  from	 over-
		writing	the target.

   /usr/bin/mv
       Specifying  both	 the -f	and the	-i options is not considered an	error.
       The -f option will override the -i option.

   /usr/xpg4/bin/mv
       Specifying both the -f and the -i options is not	considered  an	error.
       The last	option specified will determine	the behavior of	mv.

OPERANDS
       The following operands are supported:

       source	       A path name of a	file or	directory to be	moved.

       target_file     A new path name for the file or directory being moved.

       target_dir      A path name of an existing directory into which to move
		       the input files.

USAGE
       See largefile(5)	for the	description of the behavior of mv when encoun-
       tering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2**31 bytes).

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See  environ(5) for descriptions	of the following environment variables
       that affect the execution of mv:	LANG, LC_ALL,  LC_CTYPE,  LC_MESSAGES,
       and NLSPATH.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values are returned:

       0	All input files	were moved successfully.

       >0	An error occurred.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

   /usr/bin/mv
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Interface Stability	     |Stable			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

   /usr/xpg4/bin/mv
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWxcu4			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       cp(1), cpio(1), ln(1), rm(1), setfacl(1), chmod(2), attributes(5), env-
       iron(5),	fsattr(5), largefile(5), standards(5)

NOTES
       A -- permits the	user to	mark explicitly	the end	of  any	 command  line
       options,	 allowing mv to	recognize filename arguments that begin	with a
       -. As an	aid to BSD migration, mv will accept - as a  synonym  for  --.
       This migration aid may disappear	in a future release.

SunOS 5.10			  7 Jun	2001				 mv(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | OPERANDS | USAGE | ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES | EXIT STATUS | ATTRIBUTES | SEE ALSO | NOTES

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