What is the logic behind the mv command

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What is the logic behind the mv command

Post by purpleriverboy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:59 pm

When i want to rename a file say 'myfile' to 'newfile'....i have to execute the following command..

$mv myfile newfile

but i dont understand the hidden logic behind this.
I mean, if a command says
'move'
, why does it '
rename
' a particular file or directory.

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Re: What is the logic behind the mv command

Post by drgrussell » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:16 pm

The "mv" command can do both renaming and moving.
There is often now a command called "rename".
Back in history, frequently used commands were usually just 2 characters long, so I support "mv" was easier to remember than "re".

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