08. Moving and Renaming files mv

Moving and renaming are performed with the same command, mv.

Moving

To move a file, use the mv command.

Our last argument should be the target path to that directory.

$ mv file1 file2 file3 dir1/

Creating good habits

A good habit to form is to make sure that your target path ends with a / if you are using a directory. Having the / at the end tells the shell that the destination is a directory. Check out how the shell notifies you that the directory does not exist when we accidently commit a typo.

$ mv file1 /home/JohnDoe/diretcry/
mv: rename file1 to /home/JohnDoe/diretcry/: No such file or directory.

If we were to omit the /, the shell would assume that we are trying to move our file to /home/JohnDoe and rename our file to diretcry.

Renaming

We can use mv command to move a file to your current directory with a new name (in other words, rename it).

$ mv oldFileName newFileName

Extra options

mv shares common options with cp.

-i
Interactive mode. Before overwriting a file, prompt the user.
-u
Update. Copy only files that either don't exist or are newer than the existing corresponding files in the destination directory.
-v
Verbose. Ouput messages as they are being copied.

Aching back from coding all day?

Prism Glasses

Aching back from coding all day? Try Back Problems

Ever feel achy from sitting crunched up on your computer table? Try lying down with these optical glasses that allow you to work on your laptop while lying flat on your back. This is the perfect solution with those with limited mobility or those who wish to prevent neck cramps and back strains.

$ Check price
4.454.45Amazon 4 logo(128+ reviews)

More Back Problems resources

Take your Linux skills to the next level!

Linux for Beginners

Take your Linux skills to the next level! Try Linux & UNIX

Linux for Beginners doesn't make any assumptions about your background or knowledge of Linux. You need no prior knowledge to benefit from this book. You will be guided step by step using a logical and systematic approach. As new concepts, commands, or jargon are encountered they are explained in plain language, making it easy for anyone to understand.

$ Check price
24.9924.99Amazon 4.5 logo(101+ reviews)

More Linux & UNIX resources

Ad