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       mv - rename files


       mv [options] source dest
       mv [options] source... directory
       [-bfiuv]       [-S      backup-suffix]      [-V      {num-
       bered,existing,simple}] [--backup]  [--force]  [--interac-
       tive]   [--update]   [--verbose]  [--suffix=backup-suffix]
       [--version-control={numbered,existing,simple}]    [--help]


       This  manual page documents the GNU version of mv.  If the
       last argument names an existing directory, mv  moves  each
       other  given  file  into a file with the same name in that
       directory.  Otherwise, if only two  files  are  given,  it
       moves  the  first  onto the second.  It is an error if the
       last argument is not a directory and more than  two  files
       are given.  It can move only regular files across filesys-

       If a destination file is unwritable, the standard input is
       a  tty,  and  the  -f  or  --force option is not given, mv
       prompts the user for whether to overwrite  the  file.   If
       the  response  does not begin with `y' or `Y', the file is

       -b, --backup
              Make backups of files that are about to be removed.

       -f, --force
              Remove  existing destination files and never prompt
              the user.

       -i, --interactive
              Prompt whether to overwrite each  destination  file
              that  already  exists.   If  the  response does not
              begin with `y' or `Y', the file is skipped.

       -u, --update
              Do not move a nondirectory  that  has  an  existing
              destination  with  the  same  or newer modification

       -v, --verbose
              Print the name of each file before moving it.

       --help Print a usage message on standard output  and  exit

              Print  version  information on standard output then
              exit successfully.

       -S, --suffix backup-suffix
              The suffix used for making simple backup files  can
              be  set  with  the SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX environment
              variable, which can be overridden by  this  option.
              If  neither  of those is given, the default is `~',
              as it is in Emacs.

       -V, --version-control {numbered,existing,simple}
              The type of backups made can be set with  the  VER-
              SION_CONTROL  environment  variable,  which  can be
              overridden by this option.  If  VERSION_CONTROL  is
              not  set  and this option is not given, the default
              backup type is `existing'.  The value of  the  VER-
              SION_CONTROL  environment variable and the argument
              to this option are like  the  GNU  Emacs  `version-
              control'  variable;  they  also  recognize synonyms
              that are more descriptive.  The  valid  values  are
              (unique abbreviations are accepted):

              `t' or `numbered'
                     Always make numbered backups.

              `nil' or `existing'
                     Make  numbered backups of files that already
                     have them, simple backups of the others.

              `never' or `simple'
                     Always make simple backups.

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