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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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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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 Quercus_agrifolia....
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rename multiple files with mv

I want to rename a couple of files in the same directory. When you start to google this there is plenty of help available. What I saw the most if you only want to change the extension is mv *.txt *....
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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 directory....
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how to rename files while copying?

How would I copy (archive style where date isn't changed) all the files in a backup directory to the user's directory while renaming each file to remove the random string portion from the name (i.e., -...
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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 ... 0-...
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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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How to force overwrite non-empty directories using `mv`

I am wanting to move (not just copy) a group of files/directories to a different directory some of which have name clashes with files/directories in the target directory. My main objective is to move ...
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How to pipe the result of 'date' command to 'mv' command

I want to rename my file to the current timestamp.I know how to get the current timestamp("date +%s") but how can I pipe it to 'mv' command?
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“mv” file with garbled name by inode number?

I have several files with encoding issues in their file names (German umlauts, burned on CD with Windows, read by Windows and synced to Linux with Seafile. Something, somewhere went wrong...). Bash ...
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Accessing each line in .txt file, download and rename links

Let's say I have a .txt file where I have a list of image links that I want to download. example: image.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg I use: cat images.txt | xargs wget and it works just fine What I ...
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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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Removing apostrophe from all file names

I tried to remove apostrophe from all files' names in the directory. for i in *; do mv $i `echo $i | tr -d "'"`; done After executing this command nothing is renamed. Do you know what's wrong here?...
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Traverse, copy & transform file names

My issue: I need to copy log files, all with identical names, but stored 1-deep in subdirectories, and change their names. I'm copying from the a folder called Logfiles which contains a bunch of ...
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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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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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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 machine....
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Renaming Files and Directories Recursively using rename/find

I started learning linux on vmware using centos 7. I created an image directory and several layers of files and sub-directories in that folder. most of the names containing spaces. I want to use a ...
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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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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 varies)...
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Renaming multiple files; appending

I'm looking to rename multiple files with the same name, with exception to the end of their file names. I want to replace the differing parts with an incremental counter. E.g. With the following ...
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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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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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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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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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renaming multiple files increment order

I have the following files SSt12.precip.374.sub.climatology.ctl SSt12.precip.2874.sub.climatology.ctl SSt12.precip.3764.sub.climatology.ctl SSt12.precip.6774.sub.climatology.ctl I want to rename ...
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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 ORDER_EVENTS_SOME2_20120117....
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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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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 "*.XLS;...
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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 ...
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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 # ...