Subject: Re: upgrade to mv
To: NetBSD Userlevel Technical Discussion List <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 08/15/2001 10:42:05
[ On Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 08:56:43 (-0400), Andrew Brown wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: upgrade to mv
> 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.
Yes, that's not a bad idea at all.
I've actually hacked such a thing together once or twice before myself
but never tried to promote it as a new feature for generic use.
> cp (and maybe ln as well) would, of course, need to grow in the same
> way to be complete.
Back in the days when they were all the same programm.... :-)
Greg A. Woods
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