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what is the difference between mv command and cp command in linux
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see

http://superuser.com/questions/101676/is-there-some-difference-between-mv-and-cp-rm-the-old-file-on-unix

mv just update a pointer in the filesystem whereas cp does that and copy so mv is faster
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The one comand moves the file, delete it, and copy to new location. Cp -copyes the file and the source of the file states on  it's plays.
http://www.math.iitb.ac.in/resources/manuals/Unix_Unleashed/Vol_1/ch05.htm
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mv across a filesystem boundary means copying (possibly under a new name)  then deleting the source file, cp is always just a copy (possibly under a new name) without any deletion.

mv inside a filesystem just updates the directory inode(s) with the new file location (and possibly a new name) and doesn't displace any data.

mv inside a directory is always just a rename operation.
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cp will always copy file to another

mv could mean:

move file from one place to another (same dir or different dir or filesystem)

rename file
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