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Re: "mv --reply=no" surprising results

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: "mv --reply=no" surprising results
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 08:55:23 +0100

Thanks for the report.

> So the man page talks about a prompt about an existing destination
> file, when no such prompt, per-se, will be generated, since you need
> -i to generate such a prompt.  When -i and --reply=no are on the same
> line, you get the behavior of whichever option appears last (right
> most).

Documentation improvements are welcome.
FYI, `info mv' does include the following paragraph, at least
in this release:

  (coreutils is the union of fileutils, textutils, and sh-utils)

but that may not be in fileutils-4.1.9.

     If a destination file exists but is normally unwritable, standard
  input is a terminal, and the `-f' or `--force' option is not given,
  `mv' prompts the user for whether to replace the file.  (You might own
  the file, or have write permission on its directory.)  If the response
  does not begin with `y' or `Y', the file is skipped.

If you feel like improving the documentation, I'd welcome
specific suggestions -- especially in the form of patches.
Otherwise, I'll get to it, eventually.

FYI, each man page is generated automatically from the corresponding
tool's --help output, and as such isn't usually as complete as the
texinfo documentation.


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