Moves a file to a new file or directory, or collections of files to a new directory. By default, the destination file is overwritten if it already exists. When overwrite is turned off, then files are only moved if the source file is newer than the destination file, or when the destination file does not exist.
Resource collections are used to select a group
of files to move. Only file system based resource collections are supported, this
includes filesets, filelist
and path. Prior to Apache Ant 1.7
<fileset> has been supported as a nested element. To use a resource
collection, the todir attribute must be set.
Since Ant 1.6.3, the file attribute may be used to move (rename) an entire directory. If tofile denotes an existing file, or there is a directory by the same name in todir, the action will fail.
|file||the file or directory to move||One of file or at least one nested resource collection element|
|preservelastmodified||Give the moved files the same last modified time as the original source files. (Note: Ignored on Java 1.1)||No; defaults to
|tofile||the file to move to||With the file attribute, either tofile or todir can be used. With nested filesets, if the fileset size is greater than 1 or if the only entry in the fileset is a directory or if the file attribute is already specified, only todir is allowed|
|todir||the directory to move to|
|overwrite||overwrite existing files even if the destination files are newer||No; defaults to
|force||Overwrite read-only destination files. since Ant 1.8.2||No; defaults to
|filtering||indicates whether token filtering should take place during the move. See the filter task for a description of how filters work.||No|
|flatten||ignore directory structure of source directory, copy all files into a single directory, specified by the todir attribute. Note that you can achieve the same effect by using a flatten mapper||No; defaults to
|includeEmptyDirs||Copy empty directories included with the nested FileSet(s).||No; defaults to
|failonerror||If false, log a warning message, but do not stop the build, when the file to copy does not exist or one of the nested filesets points to a directory that doesn't exist or an error occurs while moving.||No; defaults to
trueand failonerror is
false, then do not log a warning message when the file to copy does not exist or one of the nested filesets points to a directory that doesn't exist or an error occurs while copying. since Ant 1.8.3.
|No; defaults to
|verbose||Log the files that are being moved.||No; defaults to
|encoding||The encoding to assume when filter-copying the files. since Ant 1.5.||No; defaults to default JVM character encoding|
|outputencoding||The encoding to use when writing the files. since Ant 1.6.||No; defaults to encoding if set or default JVM character encoding otherwise|
truethe task will process to all the mappings for a given source path. If
falsethe task will only process the first file or directory. This attribute is only relevant if there is a
|No; defaults to
|granularity||The number of milliseconds leeway to give before deciding a file is out of date. This is needed because not every file system supports tracking the last modified time to the millisecond level. This can also be useful if source and target files live on separate machines with clocks being out of sync. since Ant 1.6.||No; default is 0 milliseconds, or 2 seconds on DOS systems|
|performGCOnFailedDelete||If Ant fails to delete a file or directory it will retry the operation once. If this flag
is set to
trueit will perform a garbage collection before retrying the delete.
Setting this flag to
trueis known to resolve some problems on Windows (where it defaults to
true) but also for directory trees residing on an NFS share. Since Ant 1.8.3
|No; defaults to
trueon Windows and
falseon any other OS
You can define file name transformations by using a
nested mapper element. The default mapper used
<move> is the identity.
Note that the source name handed to the mapper depends on the resource collection you use. If
<fileset> or any other collection that provides a base directory, the
name passed to the mapper will be a relative filename, relative to the base directory. In any other
case the absolute filename of the source will be used.
The Move task supports nested FilterChains.
<filterchain> elements are used inside
<move> task, all
<filterchain> elements are processed
first followed by
Move a single file (rename a file)
<move file="file.orig" tofile="file.moved"/>
Move a single file to a directory
<move file="file.orig" todir="dir/to/move/to"/>
Move a directory to a new directory
<move todir="new/dir/to/move/to"> <fileset dir="src/dir"/> </move>
or, since Ant 1.6.3:
<move file="src/dir" tofile="new/dir/to/move/to"/>
Move a set of files to a new directory
<move todir="some/new/dir"> <fileset dir="my/src/dir"> <include name="**/*.jar"/> <exclude name="**/ant.jar"/> </fileset> </move>
Move a list of files to a new directory
<move todir="some/new/dir"> <filelist dir="my/src/dir"> <file name="file1.txt"/> <file name="file2.txt"/> </filelist> </move>
".bak" to the names of all files in a directory.
<move todir="my/src/dir" includeemptydirs="false"> <fileset dir="my/src/dir"> <exclude name="**/*.bak"/> </fileset> <mapper type="glob" from="*" to="*.bak"/> </move>