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shtool-move - Man Page

GNU shtool enhanced mv(1) replacement


shtool move [-v|--verbose] [-t|--trace] [-e|--expand] [-p|--preserve] src-file dst-file


This is a mv(1) style command enhanced with the ability to rename multiple files in a single operation and the ability to detect and not touch existing equal destinations files, thus preserving timestamps.


The following command line options are available.

-v,  --verbose

Display some processing information.

-t,  --trace

Enable the output of the essential shell commands which are executed.

-e,  --expand

Expand asterisk in src to be used as "%n" (where n is 1,2,...) in dst-file. This is useful for renaming multiple files at once.

-p,  --preserve

Detect src-file and dst-file having equal content and not touch existing destination files, thus perserving timestamps. This is useful for applications that monitor timestamps, i.e. suppress make(1L) repeating actions for unchanged files.


 #   shell script
 shtool move -v -e '*.txt' %1.asc

 #   Makefile
 scanner.c: scanner.l
     lex scanner.l
     shtool move -t -p lex.yy.c scanner.c


The GNU shtool move command was originally written by Ralf S. Engelschall <rse@engelschall.com> in 1999 for GNU shtool.

See Also

shtool(1), mv(1), make(1).

Referenced By


shtool 2.0.8 18-Jul-2008 GNU Portable Shell Tool