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The mv command

Discussion in 'Linux Beginner Tutorials' started by Rob, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Rob

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    'mv' is a command that we're going to use to move files around or to rename them. 'mv' sort of has a split-personality because it serves these two functions at the same time.

    'mv' command for renaming files

    Let's go back yet again to Tony's file, 'stuff' again. 'stuff' is not a good name for a file just as 'book' isn't a good name for a book. Just imagine: "The number one bestselling book this week is 'Book' by John Author.

    You should probably re-name this file to something meaningful. I would suggest doing something like this:

    Code:
    mv stuff tonys_jokes
    You may have noticed the underscore '_' in the title. It's there because Linux doesn't really like spaces in the file names. You can do it and Linux will accept it but it will put a \\ between the different words. Spaces are sort of 'faux pas' in Linux but not 'verboten'. It would be to your advantage to use '_' between words though.

    Moving files with the 'mv' command



    Now you can use the 'mv' command to move Tony's jokes into the directory you made to keep his files.

    Code:
    mv tonys_jokes tonyd/
    If you do cd tonyd and then ls to* you will see his file there along with 'toms_jokes' and 'tomato_soup_recipe'. (if you have another friend named Tom and you like to cook)

    You can also move entire directories with this command. You do not have to use the '-r' option as you did with 'cp'. You would just substitute the file name for a directory name

    Code:
    mv tonyd/ my_friends/
    would move the directory 'tonyd' to the directory 'my_friends'.
     

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