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mv [options] sources target

Basic command to move files and directories around on the system or to rename them. mv works as follows:

FilenameRename file as name.
FileExisting fileverwrite existing file with source file.
DirectorynameRename directory as name.
DirectoryExisting directoryMove directory to be a subdirectory of existing directory.
One or more filesExisting directoryMove files to directory.




Use this when one of the names begins with a -.


Force the move, even if target file exists; suppress messages about restricted access modes.


Inquire; prompt for a y (yes) response before overwriting an existing target.

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