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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xterm doesn't switch directory when it is moved

Recently I was very frustrated with xterm not behaving as expected. This is what I was doing: open xterm run the following commands: $ mkdir test_01 $ cd test_01/ $ echo 'a' > a $ cat a The ...
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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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How to rename a file into a random GUID?

The task is to replace a file's (actually of all the files in a directory) name (but leave extension intact) with a random UUID/GUID. Any ideas on how to do this?
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replace all dots in filenames with underscore

I have a directory with some subdirectories with filenames and directorynames that contain some dots: $ ls -R .: dir file.with.dots ./dir: subdir.with.dots ./dir/subdir.with.dots: other.file I ...
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When I move a file to a different directory on the same partition, does the file's data actually move on disk?

I could see it going both ways. If the filesystem stores it's directory structure and list of files in each directory, and then points to the disk location of each of the files, it shouldn't require ...
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Backup file with .bak _before_ filename extension

I commonly backup config files on servers without version control like so: # cp httpd.conf{,.bak} # ls httpd.conf httpd.conf.bak However, for files in the web root I take the time to carefully ...
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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 move files in sftp server?

How can I move a file in sftp server on a different directory? I connect to this server using sftp and then try to move a file using mv myfile.csv /my/dir/myfile.csv but this generates an error. ...
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pull out a file named to ~

So I have downloaded a music album from aMule and it is located in the .aMule/Incoming directory. I tried to move it out with the following command: mv albumName.rar ~ This left me with a file ~ ...
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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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Renaming files from bash in linux

There is a bunch of files of the following format hh-mm-ss.png where hh, mm, ss are hour, minute and second. How can I rename all these files in the directory in a sequential way from 1.png til n.png ...
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Rename All Files with a Certain Name

I'm trying to find certain files with the name "stringx" and replace the name (but not the extension) with "stringy". So basically for stringx.txt and stingx.cs, I'd want stringy.txt and stringy.cs. ...
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How can I copy a file in a bash script and rename it while copying and place it in the same directory

How would I copy a file "file.doc" and rename it while copying to "file_copy.doc" and place it in the same directory ? And this only by calling the script and adding the file name in the argument: ...
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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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Renaming multiple files with rename

I need help renaming files in batch--the other questions I browsed don't exactly address my problem. The names of my files are generated non-deterministically, so I can't predict what they will be ...
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Is it possible to rename Thunar's side pane default items?

I would like to display a different name of these items - that would indicate for example that one is windows partition, other ubuntu, etc. Is it feasible?
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Copy files with deleting suffix in name

How can be done coping files that have some suffix at the end, into same dir with the smallest command possible: Example have directory containing files: cassandra.yml.example database.yml.example ...
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When we use mv command, what changes take place in HDD?

Under following conditions- mv within the same HDD partition mv to a different partition in the same HDD mv to a different device (e.g. USB HDD) Is the complete file moved or is it a very small ...
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How do permissions work when moving directories?

Recently I tried to move a directory that I own to another directory (which I also own), but I couldn't. I then noticed that I don't own the parent directory. This made me wonder what are the rules ...
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Batch copy and rename with regexp

I am wondering whether there is a way how to copy and rename a bunch of files without scripting. I have files with names like prefix_12345678901_12345678901_suffix.ext and I need to copy all of them ...
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Flatten Directory but Preserve Directory Names in New Filename

How can I flatten a directory in the following format? Before: ./aaa/bbb/ccc.png After: ./aaa-bbb-ccc.png
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Rename files with spaces in a BusyBox shell

I'm trying to rename some files on my Synology Diskstation via SSH. The available shell is the BusyBox built-in shell: BusyBox v1.16.1 (2013-04-16 20:13:10 CST) built-in shell (ash) The move ...
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Faster way to rename duplicate files (identified by fdupes) in another directory?

I have a directory full of pdf files of journal articles, most of which are named by their bibtex key. Some time ago I made a backup on an external hard drive, but I haven't kept it up to date and ...
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How to exchange words in a filename using the shell?

One of my customers is a school. On their file server all projects have a directory with the same naming scheme. <last name>, <first name> <second name>? - <project ...
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Batch renaming of files [duplicate]

I have a directory full of images: DSCN4749.JPG DSCN4750.JPG DSCN4892.JPG ... And I would like a one-liner to rename them to (say). dscn4749.jpg dscn4750.jpg dscn4892.jpg ... How do I do this? ...
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Rename all the files within a folder with prefix “Unix_”

Rename all the files within a folder with prefix “Unix_” i.e. suppose a folder has two files a.txt and b.pdf than they both should be renamed from a single command to Unix_a.txt and Unix_b.pdf
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How to move all files with a certain file extension from subdirectories to a single directory

I have a directory that contains many subdirectories. The subdirectories contain lots of types of files with different file extensions. I want to move (not copy) all the files of one type into a new ...
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How to rename multiple files by removing the extension?

I have a number of tiff files named: sw.001.tif sw.002.tif ... and I want to remove the .tif at the end of each of the files. How can I use the rename command to do this?
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Minimal command to make a copy of a file [duplicate]

I often find myself copy-pasting long path in order to create a copy of a file cp /path/to/file/file1 /path/to/file/file1.bkp Is there an alternative utility that will NOT require me to type the ...
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How to change extension of all files in a directory?

There are some extensionless files in current directory (there are not dot in their names). I want to rename like so: filename -> filename.md I tried doing mv * *.md but that didn't help. I am ...
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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 ...
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how can I rename multiple files by inserting a character?

I have many files of the form sw001 sw002 sw003 ... I want to insert a period between the sw's and the number values. How can I accomplish this?
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Move with possible rename

Is it possible to construct a command that will move the file to another directory and if the same file is already there, generate some random string that is not in the name of some file in the ...
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Trimming Filenames from the end

I have a folder with following mp4 file which are needed to be renamed for filename in /media/usama/CRUNCH/RO_Plant/RO_Videos/*; do File1=$filename echo $File1 done ...
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How to rename files with sed and csv

I'm new with Linux, sed, and awk but I don't mind challenging myself on new ideas. That being said, I understand the purpose and how to use rename and sed for a common event such as adding a $date or ...
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Moving large numbers of files and directories to a different directory

I'm trying to move the following move a large number of files that exist in the following structure to a /mnt/originals but I need to maintain the structure at the same time. I know cp would be a ...
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mv: cannot stat No such file or directory in shell script

I wrote a script to move some files form one folder to another folder but I got the following error, I checked 2 folders and notice for 1 folder there are such files and another there is no such ...
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Unique file name for different files

I'm working with graphic design. I've downloaded many files (EPS files, PSD files, etc) from various websites. Because it come from various websites, after downloaded from more than 10 different ...
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Moving an open file to a different device

I have an application running that is generating a large (~200GB) output file, and takes about 35 hours to run (currently I'm about 12 hours in). The application just opens the file once then keeps it ...
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Rename the last 8 characters in filename

I am receiving video files with different names but the final 8 characters of all are numbers (also different every time). This is the pattern of the file name: custom text 00030402.avi I have to ...
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Rename multiple directories decrementing sequence number?

I have a directory which contains a number of subdirectories with names on the format dir.##. The prefix is always the same, and the suffix is 1-3 digits in a strictly incrementing sequence. Thus, ...
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Can't rename a directory that I own

I have a directory with a big load of sub directories. I own all of them, and the permissions are all 777. pascal@azazel /box $ ls -al total 147872 drwxr-xr-x 293 root root 12288 aoû 22 19:44 ...
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Renaming multiple files based on their contents

How can I rename all files within a folder with the first word of their content? For example if a.txt contains “Unix is an OS” in its first line then a.txt should be renamed to Unix.txt
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Shell Script to move folders containing a specific word

I'm searching for an simple shell script to mv all folders in /var/www/uploads/ that containing Math or Physics in the name to /mnt/Backup/. I've never done something like that before, due to the ...
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Batch file rename with substitution lookup

Using bash, how I can batch rename a large number of files, where I need to construct a new name for each file, based on its existing name and a 'contextual map' - don't know what else to call it – of ...
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Adding prefixes/suffixes to file names without typing it all over again?

I would like to do something like the following $ tmp=name* $ mv $tmp new_$tmp $ ls new_* $ new_name-with-stuff-i-dont-want-to-type name-with-stuff-i-dont-want-to-type Setting the environment ...
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Batch rename files with unknown names and unknown extensions

I have a bunch of pictures, some are .jpg, some are .png. any given picture could have an entirely random name (possibly including spaces). in any given directory, how can I rename all of them, ...
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Rename multiple directories

I want to find all directories with the last subdirectory named doc, for then rename them to Doc. How can be renamed? I've the first part: find -type d -name 'doc' which returns directories paths ...
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UNIX move file name with sysdate

I want to make a script in Unix in which I have to move a file daily to a specific path. In order to avoid overlapping of the file, I want the file name along with the date. e.g. mv filename ...
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find files based on name and moving them with renaming simultaneously

Consider I've directories named according to years and containing pdf files according to subject-code. ls output is: $ ls -l total 32 drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 Apr 8 08:52 May-June-2011 ...