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How can I rename a lot of files using a regex?
Rename All Files with a Certain Name

There are files with


and so on..

I need to rename them to


and so on..

How can I do that?

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marked as duplicate by Kevin, Gilles, Michael Mrozek Jan 22 '12 at 19:48

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rename 's/20120117/20120113/' ORDER_EVENTS_*20120117.log

This assumes that all the files to be renamed are in the same directory.

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rename -n 's/(.*)_20120117/$1_20120113/' ORDER_EVENTS*

once you sure this is it, remove the -n option.

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Nikhil did easier regexp (+1). Anyhow I will leave this for the reference. –  Michał Šrajer Jan 17 '12 at 15:55
+1 for hint on -n switch –  feeela Sep 18 '12 at 21:22

Or use mmv:

  mmv "*17.log" "#1\13.log"
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