How do I use mv command to rename or move file under UNIX operating systems?
You can move and rename files by using the mv command under UNIX.
mv oldname newname mv filename /dest/dir
Task: Rename A File
Type the mv command to rename foo.txt to bar.txt:
mv foo.txt bar.txt ls
Task: Rename A Directory
Type the following command to rename a directory in the current directory:
mv oldDir newDir mv letters letters.old
Task: Move Directory
Use the following sytax:
mv sourceDir destDir
In this example, move httpd directory and its contents to a new location /webroot in the file system so that a subdirectory named httpd resides in directory /webroot:
mv httpd /webroot cd /webroot ls -l
The following options are supported:
- -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 : mv will prompt for confirmation whenever the move would overwrite an existing target. An affirmative answer means that the move should proceed. Any other answer prevents mv from overwriting the target.
Overwrite an existing file, enter:
mv -f file /dest mv -i /etc/passwd /backup