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Renaming a file without overwiting an existing file name

Terminal - Renaming a file without overwiting an existing file name
mv -b old_file_name new_and_already_existent_file_name
2011-09-08 23:57:15
User: ztank1013
Functions: mv
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Renaming a file without overwiting an existing file name

Sometimes in a hurry you may move or copy a file using an already existent file name. If you aliased the cp and mv command with the -i option you are prompted for a confirmation before overwriting but if your aliases aren't there you will loose the target file!

The -b option will force the mv command to check if the destination file already exists and if it is already there a backup copy with an ending ~ is created.

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