The rename tag refers to the action of giving a different name to either an existing file or to a copy of a file as part of some other operations (.e.g. remote copy, backup). Use this tag as well for questions related to the (perl) rename command.

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Trouble with mv and adding the date

I want to be able to move $oldfile to my backup folder and add the date to the file name. So I tried this... mv $oldfile /home/u0146121/backupfiles/$oldfile_$(date +%F-%T) This just gives me this ...
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Unable to preserve ownership in a copy but able with a move?

I have noticed that I am unable to preserve ownership if I rsync -o files. However, I am when I move them. This is all without admin privileges. What is the rationale of this? Several threads e.g. ...
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How would I change file permissions if the file name has a space in it in linux [duplicate]

I would like to know how would I rename and change file permissions of a file that contains a space in the name on Linux. Example The name of my file is: my file I have tried mv my%20file my_file ...
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Renaming Duplicate Files with Flatten Folders Command

This command will move the contents of one or more folders to the parent folder. But if there are identical file names with the same extension then there will be files that are overwritten during the ...
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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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How do open files behave on linux systems?

I just renamed a log file to "foo.log.old", and assumed that the application will start writing a new logfile at "foo.log". I was surprised to discover that it tracked the logfile to its new name, and ...
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How can you move (or copy) all files of a certain type to a directory in Unix?

I'm not very familiar with all the tricks of grep/find/awk/xargs quite yet. I have some files matching a particular pattern, say *.xxx. These files are in random places throughout a certain ...
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adding text to filename before extension

I would like to add text to the end of filename but before the extension. Right now I am trying, for f in *.shp; do echo $f_poly; done the output is, Quercus_acutifolia.shp_poly ...
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Renaming files in lexicographical order with a numerical pattern that increases sequentially with fixed padding

I have files such as a bb ccc abc emrls I would like to rename them so that, after sorting them (for example, lexicographically), each file gets the following name: 00001 00002 00003 etc where ...
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Batch renaming files with pattern

I have some files named like these: 63018933.mp4?token=1325697436_b0c3e70c6e339380b4a484c576a8c287 63808488.mp4?token=1325697401_4ae5f7a68d93873c8881b303e7655e14 How do I rename all them to, for ...
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How to replace spaces in all file names with underscore in Linux using shell script?

I tried following shell script which should replace spaces from all xml files for xml_file in $(find $1 -name "* .xml" -type f); do echo "removing spaces from XML file:" $xml_file mv "$xml_file" ...
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Batch rename image files by age plus add date and variable to filename

The question is completely rewritten due to things learned from the first two answers and comments that I was unaware of when first asking. After a photo shoot I come home with files that look like ...
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How to rename to fixed length

I have files named as 0-n.jpg for n from 1 to 500, for example. The problem is that some guy using Windows didn't use leading zeros so when I do ls I obtain 0-100.jpg 0-101.jpg ... 0-10.jpg ... ...
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What's with all the renames?

On my Debian system (well, my LMDE system, but close enough), I have at least 3 different rename programs: /usr/local/bin/rename : This is a Perl script, written by Tom Christiansen. Oddly enough, I ...
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the slash (/) after a directory name on shell commands

I have a little question here. If I have two files, say filea and fileb, mv filea fileb would delete fileb rename filea to fileb Then if I have two directories, say dira and dirb, mv dira dirb ...
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Rename files based on their parent directory using find/xargs command?

I have a directory structure like this: Project/ | +--Part1/ | | | +--audio.mp3 | +--Part2/ | | | +--audio.mp3 | +--Part3/ | | | +--audio.mp3 ... I want to ...
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how to change `rm` to as a command like `mv ~/ .trash` [duplicate]

I like to use rm but I often made mistakes so that I remove something mistakenly so I want to make somthing like mv .trash so that rm file is equal to mv file ~/.trash besides, I also ...
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move a file that matches a pattern in a shell script

I have very little experience in writing shell scripts and need advice on how I can accomplish the following task. I need to move the most recent file in a directory where the filename matches a ...
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Rename files in directory

How to rename files in a directory such as the following file: PMC21375.pdf.txt, I need to be renamed to 21375.txt. i.e, I need to remove both PMC and pdf from each file name.
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Replace dots with underscores in filenames, leaving extension intact

I have a bash script which I'm trying to get to replace dots in filenames and replace them with underscores, leaving the extension intact (I'm on Centos 6 btw). As you can see from the output below, ...
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mv file without write permission to the source file

I just realised that I can move a file that I do not own and don't have write permissions on. I have write permissions to the directory, so I am guessing that is why I could move it, but in this ...
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How to rename all files and add image size to file name

I can`t make this work. I have a lot of images and i want to rename his name and append image size to name using exiv2 exiv2 pr * prints all info about file # exiv2 pr 9b523e5a002268fe5067a928 File ...
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zmv command to rename file after matching pattern

I was trying to figure out a solution for this question using zmv. I am unable to find an exact solution using zmv. This is what I could come up with so far. From here, I could rename all files like ...
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Find and rename files (including directories) whose filenames contain space [duplicate]

I have quite a number of files and directories with spaces in their filenames in my ext4 filesystems. How should I safely find and rename them? I have bash and am running Ubuntu. Is it possible ...
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Copy files that partially matches another files in another location

I have a list of jpeg files in a directory like this (below is just a sample, like the structure is the same but this there are many fo0# sub-folders, not only fo01 and fo01, where each of these ...
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Move a remote file at an FTP prompt

I don't think it's possible but still I would like to ask if there is any command to transfer a remote file from one directory to other at an FTP prompt. In more detail: I run ftp to a remote ...
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move a directory with a single character (back quote) as its name [duplicate]

How can I move a directory whose name is just a space? ls -lah drwx------ 4 user1 user1 8.0K Mar 13 14:16 . drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 60 Mar 13 13:48 .. drwx------ 18 user1 user1 4.0K Mar 13 11:18 ...
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Rename a lot of files with all types of characters, with POSIX portability

Sometimes I need to rename all the files (the renaming convention follows later) in a directory where the filename is always in the form of 'filenamename.extension' (extension always exists and ...
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Can I use the Rename utility to simplify this script that uses Find and Mv?

I use a script to automatically rename files according to a particular order: #!/usr/bin/env zsh pages=($(sed -n '/page_order/,/^$/ p' _config.yml | tail -n +2 | sed 's/ - //')) npages=${#pages} for ...
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How to add some characters to filename via 'rename'?

For example I have a file named 5.jpg. How can I rename it to aaaaa.jpg with char a 5 times. I tried rename -v 's/(\d{1,})/a{$1}/g' * but this renames 5.jpg to a{5}.jpg, which is not what I want. I ...
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Add or subtract a number from the names of all the files in a directory

I have a number of png and jpg files whose names are numbers, e.g.0100.png, in a directory, How can I add 1 to their names, for example, to get 0002.png and 0003.png from 0001.png and 0002.png ...
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rename files with rename command

Please advice what is wrong with the following command find /tmp/dir -name "* *" -type f | rename 's/*/fixed_/g' remark - I prefer to do that with one command not loop syntax What I want is to ...
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Rename a file dynamically containing spaces [duplicate]

I want to rename a file dynamically based on data which contains spaces Name="Abc DEF" Name1="GHI JKL" mv /sample/pdf/noriginalName.pdf /sample/outputPdf/${NAME}${Name1}".pdf" But it gives me an ...
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How can we rename a file with semi-colon as part of the filename?

I tried to rename all file with extension "XLS;1" to "XLS" but it just didn't work. I tried the following in cygwin in windows xp and they don't work: mv *.XLS;1 *.XLS mv *.XLS\;1 *.XLS mv ...
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rename multiple files with rename command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I rename a lot of files using a regex? Rename All Files with a Certain Name There are files with ORDER_EVENTS_SOMETHING_20120117.log ...
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mass renaming of files not working

Quite a few similar question are being asked. The error is probably staring at me in the face, but I just can't see it... #!/bin/bash declare -a files shopt -s nullglob files=(*) count=36 # ...
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How to change ThisName@HostName ~ $

I am quite new to Linux and I was wondering how to change the following when in terminal permanently. When I set up my computer I used a name that I now want to change: In terminal, the name I want ...