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Moving and renaming files

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

There will come a time when you will need to move a file or maybe a group of similarly named files to a different directory; or maybe you would just like to rename a file to a new name. The mv (move) command is used to perform both move and rename functions.

The rules for mv are similar to those for rm described earlier, in that file references can be via a fully qualified path or via a relative path. The use of the wildcard symbols in the filename is also allowed. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Move file example1.fil from the current working directory to the /tmp directory:

mv touch1.fil /tmp

Move file example1.fil using the fully qualified path to the /tmp directory:

mv /home/tclark/touch1.fil /tmp

Create and rename example1.fil in the /tmp directory to example1.xxx (we are in our home directory):

$ cd /tmp

$ touch temp1.fil temp2.fil create files in /tmp

$ ls -l temp*
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tclark tclark 0 Jan 13 21:15
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tclark tclark 0 Jan 13 21:15

$ cd - change to my home

$ mv /tmp/temp1.fil /tmp/temp1.xxx rename a file
in the /tmp directory

$ cd - switch back to /tmp

$ ls temp* verify the file was
temp1.xxx temp2.fil


Rename example2.fil in the current working directory to example2.xxx:

$ ls

$ touch example1.fil example2.fil create 2 files
in my home directory

$ ls
example1.fil example2.fil examples

$ mv example2.fil example2.xxx rename 1 of the files

$ ls verify the file
was renamed
example1.fil example2.xxx examples

The above book excerpt is from:

Easy Linux Commands
Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax

ISBN: 0-9759135-0-6   

Terry Clark 

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