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CP(1)									 CP(1)

NAME
       cp, fcp, mv  - copy, move files

SYNOPSIS
       cp [ -gux ] file1 file2
       cp [ -gux ] file ... directory

       fcp [ -gux ] file1 file2
       fcp [ -gux ] file ... directory

       mv file1 file2
       mv file ... directory

DESCRIPTION
       In  the	first  form  file1 is any name and file2 is any name except an
       existing directory.  In the second form the commands copy or  move  one
       or  more	 files into a directory under their original file names, as if
       by a sequence of commands in the first form.  Thus is equivalent to

       Cp copies the contents of plain file1 to file2.	The mode and owner  of
       file2  are  preserved  if  it already exists; the mode of file1 is used
       otherwise.  The -x option sets the mode and modified time of file2 from
       file1;  -g  sets	 the  group  id;  and -u sets the group id and user id
       (which is usually only possible if the file server is in an administra‚Äź
       tive mode).

       Fcp  behaves  like  cp  but transfers multiple blocks in parallel while
       copying; it is noticeably faster than cp when the  files	 involved  are
       stored  on  servers  connected  over  long-distance  lines.  It is only
       appropriate to use fcp with file servers that  respect  the  offset  in
       read(5)	and write messages.  This includes the disk-based file systems
       and ramfs but excludes most device file systems.

       Mv moves file1 to file2.	 If the files are in the same directory, file1
       is  just renamed; otherwise mv behaves like cp -x followed by rm file1.
       Mv will rename directories, but it refuses to  move  a  directory  into
       another directory.

SOURCE
       /sys/src/cmd/cp.c
       /sys/src/cmd/fcp.c
       /sys/src/cmd/mv.c

SEE ALSO
       cat(1), dircp in tar(1), stat(2), read(5)

DIAGNOSTICS
       Cp, fcp, and mv refuse to copy or move files onto themselves.

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