in reply to Re: unix commands and perl modules war
in thread unix commands and perl modules war
(my bolding)"This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface."
So mv is a wrapper around the rename() system call but it also includes cp -r and rm -r whether you want them or not. It wouldn't be so bad if it was a reversible operation but if any of your files were hard links then you're screwed.