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How to move or rename files in linux

 

move command name in linux

mv [man page] – move (rename) files

2. Synopsis for mv command

mv [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE... 
3. move command frequently used options
-f, --force
              do not prompt before overwriting
-i, --interactive
              prompt before overwrite 
4. Examples of move command

Move whole directory:

mv dir2/ dir1/  

mv - Move whole directory
move content of dir2 to dir1:

mv dir2/* dir1/ 

mv - move content of dir2 to dir1
Use -i option if you re not sure that the target directory does not contain same files or directories. If it does mv will override current files by default.:

mv -i file1 dir1/ 

mv - prompt before overwrite
mv command can be also used to rename files and directories:

mv file1 file2 

mv - rename directory or file

Source taken from http://linuxconfig.org/

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