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Move or Rename file and directories - mv

Posted By: Tilly Hughes     Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu     Views: 4036

This article explains about mv command with an example in unix.

mv command is used to move or Rename file and directories in unix.

Syntax of mv Command

mv [- option] oldFileName newFileName 

Most Commonly used options are :
  • -f mv will move the file(s) without prompting even if it is writing over an existing target. Note that this is the default if the standard input is not a terminal.
  • -i Prompts before overwriting another file.

Examples of mv Command

Example 1 : Move file1 to new or existing file

mv file1 new_file

Example 2 : Move file1 to existing directory

cp file1 destination_directory

Example 3 : Rename a file in the current directory

mv old_filename new_filename

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