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Unix Tip #4447- May 15, 2021
WHY MV IS SLOW
mv command across filesystems
is slower on large files
mv would be slow if you are
moving files across filesystem.
The inode number changes only
when a file is moved across
A new inode number means a new
file is physically created on
It remains unchanged, if it
is within the same filesystem.
One can verify by using
ls -il command on that file.
mv uses rename() system call.
if it fails, it uses copy routine
(basicailly reads from a file and
writes in another file).
mv command across filesystem is
more of a copy then mv.
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