MV(1) MV(1) NAME mv - move or rename files and directories SYNOPSIS mv file1 file2 mv file ... directory DESCRIPTION Mv moves (changes the name of) file1 to file2. If file2 already exists, it is removed before file1 is moved. If file2 has a mode which forbids writing, mv prints the mode (see chmod(2)) and reads the standard input to obtain a line; the move is done only if the line begins with y. In the second form, one or more files are moved to the directory with their original file-names. Mv refuses to move a file onto itself. SEE ALSO cp(1), chmod(2) BUGS If file1 and file2 lie on different file systems, mv must copy the file and delete the original. In this case the owner name becomes that of the copying process and any link- ing relationship with other files is lost. Mv should have a -f option, like rm.