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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“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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What is the barebones simplest way to recursively rename one extension to another? [duplicate]

I've done a fair share of googling and I've found some rather complex solutions. I feel as though there must be something simpler. Let's say I have ./1.txt ./2.txt ./more/3.txt ./more/4.txt ./more/...
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Script for copying files from a folder and appending md5sum into new filename

I would like to know if this is possible: I have a large number of .mov files in a folder. I would like to know if I can copy the files to a separate folder but include the md5sum in the new ...
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Using rename command to rename first part of a file

I have three files in a directory (in mac-osx terminal) say INIT_Struc1 INIT_Struc2 INIT_Struc3 which I need to rename as FINAL_Struc1 FINAL_Struc2 FINAL_Struc3 When I use the rename command (...
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Is it possible to rename a file or directory using the inode?

I changed the /home directory to a different partition and couldn't access the files from it, something I have been able to solve from this question - How do you access the contents of a previous ...
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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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Rename files in bash script

I am writing a script to rename my files, The current syntax for filename is program 1.c and I want to change this to cprogram-program1.c. I am unable to get this format. Few conditions for ...
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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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Null value than rename file

I have a shell to a task but I should handle the null value in this. So in the task i cut the part of a word and i delete or rename the file, but need another if element for null. For example: I ...
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multiple files rename - filenames patterns [duplicate]

I have following image files in some directory which I want to be renamed: 8 -rw-rw-r-- 1 6661 sep 24 10:28 dbConnectionOkBostjan.png 8 -rw-rw-r-- 1 6548 sep 24 10:29 dbConnectionErrorBostjan.png 8 -...
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Find part of filename

Please help with my task: I have a folder with three sub-folders containing six files each. There are two files in each sub-folder with :nopm in their file names. I need to create a shell script ...
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Replace some characters in a certain part of a filename

On Solaris, I've got a script that succesfully do that: USER,REPORT_NAME,DD:MM:HH24.pdf -> USER,REPORT_NAME,DD_MM_HH24.pdf The one-liner is this: for f in *:*; do mv "$f" $(echo "$f" | tr ':' '...
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How to recursively add zeroes to a file name [duplicate]

I have a folder with these files: 03.jpg 04.jpg 05.jpg 99.jpg I want to rename these files to 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 099.jpg by using a bash script. How can I do this?
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bulk renaming files to their folders name

I have a folder structure like that: 'Pictures/2015/2015-01-02/random_name.jpg' and I want to rename the files to '2015-01-02 001.jpg', '2015-01-02 002.jpg' etc. I'm not really familiar with bash ...
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How to rename multiple files to their contents' MD5 sum?

I would like to rename some files to their contents' MD5 sum; for example, if file foo is empty, it should be renamed to d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e. Does it have to be script or can I use ...
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Renaming files using list

I have files available in a directory as: filename15_1 filename15_2 filename15_3 filename15_4 And so on. I have another file that contains mapping information for how I want to rename the files. ...
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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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Why doesn't the rename command work as expected?

I have some files like: 1_suffix.txt 2_suffix.txt 3_suffix.txt I want to remove the _suffix.txt in them. I found a command called rename and use it as: First I tried: rename -v 's/*_suffix.txt$/\....
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rename multiple directories by adding one character [duplicate]

I have multiple folders named as follow: Name1 Name2 ... Name9 Name10 Name11 ... I need to rename them using mv command into: Name01 Name02 ... Name09 Name10 Name11 .....
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How do I exchange names for a large amount of files in a folder?

I want to randomize the names for about 350 files in a folder, but I want to have all the names that the files had originally. What I mean is I want All of the names in my folder randomized from the ...
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mv files into folders based on numbering in names

I have 30 folders: s-01 s-02 ... s-30 And, I have 30 files: txtFile-001 txtFile-002 ... txtFile-030 How can I perform the following operation in one shot mv txtFile-001 s-01/txtFile mv txtFile-...
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Bulk rename files - remove space

I have hundreds of files in a folder named transactions 1.csv, transactions 2.csv, transactions 3.csv etc How do i remove the space in the file names, so they become transactions1.csv,transactions2....
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Rename file names extracting pattern from them

I have a list of file names abc1.doc, abc2.doc and so on. Always in the form text[number].doc. I want them renames to [number].text.doc. How can I do this?
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Rename files in directory according to name of directory

I am trying to rename a bunch of files according to the names of their directory in Linux, SSH. I have a directory called XYZ01smith. In it are four files called smith_5*.I need to add prefix XYZ01 ...
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Batch renaming of files with ascending number

I have a batch of files: $ ls Li1Fe1O2_11 Li1Fe2O3_8 Li1Fe3O4_2 Li1Fe3O4_5 Li2Fe1O3_16 Li2Fe2O4_12 Li3Fe1O4_19 Li3Fe1O4_22 Li1Fe1O2_14 Li1Fe2O3_9 Li1Fe3O4_3 Li1Fe3O4_6 Li2Fe1O3_17 Li2Fe2O4_13 ...
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Using rename in the terminal to remove not accepted Windows characters

I have a folder full of files. Some of these files contain characters in their name that are not allowed by Windows. How can I use the command rename to find, and eventually remove all these ...
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Bash script that removes part of a filename in every file under a directory

I have several files under a directory whose names are of the form *.foo.bar. I would like to write a bash script to rename each of these files by removing the .foo part. For example, suppose that ...
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Copy filenames, and add path prefix, in a directory, recursively

I have a working directory: /home/myusername/projectdir The working directory contains files and sub-directories. The depth of sub-directories is not known. I want to put all the *.log files into the ...
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Batch rename according to number of pages in pdf file

I have a lot of papers in pdf files (and also other type of files in the same folder). I'd like to rename them using the pattern <current file name>[<number of pages>].pdf But after ...
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Rename the bunch of files with a specific pattern

I have number of files with following name details.. 2007-07-22-2300-11S.NAN___024_ABI___HH_E_SAC Where: 2007-07-22 is date. 2300-11S is hhmm-sec. NAN___024 is network same for each file (not ...
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How to remove space in all sub directories in shell script?

I tried following shell script to remove all spaces with underscores: find $1 -depth -name "* *" -print0 | \ while read -d $'\0' f; do mv -v "$f" "${f// /_}"; done If I have a directory /home/user/...
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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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How to append extension to files with certain filename format

I have several files generated by a script but I neglected to have the script append a file extension. Each filename contains the substring k120 and no other file in the directory contains that ...
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renaming files in SFTP session

This is part of a SFTP file transfer. Here are the steps: Check files with .csv extension and get them to the local directory. After that, move them to the another folder in the remote connection. ...
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Undo a mass rename of files in a directory?

So I tried to use this script to get rid of a username in a bunch of files #!/bin/bash ls | while read -r FILE do mv -v "$FILE" `echo $FILE | tr '[DarkDream]' '.' ` done Instead, all of the ...
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Rename specific level of sub folders

I have list of sub folders inside a parent folder as follow: Parent folder folder1 foldera folder2 folderb folder3 folderc I want to rename the subfolders only in ...
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Change strings in multiple files to current subdirectory name

I have several directories each containing a file containing this line: ../a_a_q1.out ../a_a_q2.out ../a_a_q3.out I would like to loop through all the subdirectories, and change the a_a part to the ...
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Renaming: How to attach a word or rename multiple files [duplicate]

I have multiple files in my directory. for example: eventDataLog.txt.2015-04-23-22 eventDataLog.txt.2015-04-23-23 eventDataLog.txt.2015-04-24-01 eventDataLog.txt.2015-04-24-02 eventDataLog.txt.2015-...
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How to rename all files with special characters and spaces in a directory?

How can i rename all the files in a specific directory where the files contains blanks spaces and special characters ($ and @) in their names? I tried the rename command as follows to replace all the ...
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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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change last 10 characters of the base (not extension) of multiple files

I have many files of different lengths but the same extension and I have tried many commands to rename all of them at once. Is it possible to change only the last 10 characters of the base of all ...
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Make a Scheduled job for Renaming the files in a folder and send an updated alert email

I am writing a shell script, which can rename all the files in the folder, We need to search for a particular pattern of files every 30 seconds. Files in the below format need to be selected, ...
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remove whitespace from all items in a directory and sub directory

I have a directory which contains files and sub directories, some of which have whitespace in their names. Further more each of these sub directories contains files with whitespace in their names. Is ...
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Rename a set of files with pattern <name>.1.gz.html to <name>.html

I tried to use the command: mv *.1.gz.html *.html But, I got the response: <filename> is not a directory. How can I get this working? I tried the rename command as well, but, I couldn't ...
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Recursive copy files with rename

If I have input folder files_input that has subfilders like 01-2015, 02-2015, 03-2015 etc and all these subfolders have other subfolders. Each subfolder has only one file called index.html. How can ...
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Rename command not working as expected

I might be overlooking something really basic here but I have a bunch of files like fi-le_00.nc2 fi-le_01.nc2 fi-le_02.nc2 ... fi-le_24.nc2 and I want to rename them to fi-le_00:00:00 fi-le_01:00:...
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Why does renaming a file with mv command alter an inode's “change” date & time?

A file hello.c is renamed to hi.c. As the output of stat command shows, [change] time stamp has been changed. usually it is changed when inode of file got modified. Why renaming with mv command ...
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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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Remove all brackets in filename

I've been trying to remove all brackets in my filename(s). Can anyone help me create a bash script to do that? This bash script below work flawlessly for non-bracket filename(s), but if there are any ...
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Script to move one filetype and create a subfolder, if it exists?

I'm trying to find a script that would basically look recusively at a directory, and if the script finds file that are .flac files, it will create a subfolder called FLAC in that same folder, and move ...