ALFS DTD Syntax Doc v3.1 (move element)

James Robertson jwrober at
Mon Jun 7 19:33:52 PDT 2004

Kevin P. Fleming wrote:
> "It is used to move one or several source files and/or directories into 
> a destination file or directory."
> Realistically, a "destination file" is really not an option, except when 
> a single file is being renamed. Possibly a better description might be:
> "It can be used to move one or more files and/or directories into a 
> destination directory, or to rename a single file or directory."
> ---
> " The attribute base gives the name of the directory in which the new 
> directory will be created"
> This is not technically true; it only applies when the {destination} 
> element contains a relative pathname. The same is true if the {source} 
> element(s) contain relative pathnames. It's possible to specify a base 
> attribute and have it have absolutely zero effect on the result, if 
> there are no relative paths used. A better description would be:
> "The base attribute supplies a directory for the move operations to be 
> executed in; it will only affect relative source and/or destination 
> paths (those that do not begin with a leading slash)."

OK, fixed.


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