Subject: Re: upgrade to mv
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/15/2001 08:56:43
>(1) it breaks the existing, long-understood usage of mv, which (a bit
>too) briefly is "mv src dest". you now have "mv src" which ... really
>doesn't follow. 8-)
putting it that way reminds me that i've always wanted an option to mv
where i could specify the destination as the argument to an option,
rather than as the last argument in the list. it would mean i could
do things like:
find . -name \*.html -print0 | xargs -0 mv -d otherplace
and not use
mv `find . -name \*.html` otherplace
which loses if (1) there are too many files, (2) they have weird
characters in the names, or (3) the shell's quoting semantics are just
a little off form what i expected.
cp (and maybe ln as well) would, of course, need to grow in the same
way to be complete.
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