Bug 120742 - mv -i --reply=no doesn't seem to work
mv -i --reply=no doesn't seem to work
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
: 124865 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2004-04-13 13:36 EDT by Glen
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-04-21 11:50:50 EDT
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Description Glen 2004-04-13 13:36:11 EDT
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Description of problem:
I'm trying this command:
mv -i --reply=no * /some/directory

If there are files in the destination directory with the same name as
the files in the source directory, they will get overwritten.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run the command "mv -i --reply=no"

Actual Results:  Files got overwritten when they shouldn't have.

Expected Results:  I expected files with the same name to not be

Additional info:
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2004-04-15 09:31:02 EDT
Confirmed; reported upstream.
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2004-04-21 11:50:50 EDT
This is expected behaviour -- '-i' is equivalent to '--reply=ask', and
'--reply=no' overrides that.  The --reply option affects questions
that would have been asked had --reply not been specified.

So, if the destination file did not have w permission, --reply=no
would have done what you wanted.

In fact, the -u option is what you were after, but it isn't obvious. 
Discussing upstream.
Comment 3 Ed Price 2004-05-31 12:39:09 EDT
*** Bug 124865 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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