MV(1) User Commands MV(1)

mv - move (rename) files

mv [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...

Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

make a backup of each existing destination file
like --backup but does not accept an argument
do not prompt before overwriting
prompt before overwrite
do not overwrite an existing file

If you specify more than one of -i, -f, -n, only the final one takes effect.

remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument
override the usual backup suffix
move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
treat DEST as a normal file
move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing
explain what is being done
set SELinux security context of destination file to default type
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

The backup suffix is '~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Here are the values:

never make backups (even if --backup is given)
make numbered backups
numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
always make simple backups

Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

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rename(2)

Full documentation https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/mv
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) mv invocation'

September 2021 GNU coreutils 9.0