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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Can two files in a directory be on different filesystems

I'm implementing atomic writes (FWIW in Python on Linux & FreeBSD), and I'm writing to a temporary file in the same directory with the file I'm planning to write to (in order to ensure that they ...
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Can I move a directory with open files?

Imagine a bunch of processes using a /home/user/logs directory. They have some logs open for a longer time.
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cannot rename files with `[ ]` on its name?

I'd been trying to use the rename function in my debian, I searched here at unix.stackexchange but it seems the solution is not the same in my scenario which files contains [] ...
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How to shift filename numbers without collisions?

Consider this list of files: $ touch index-{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}.txt If I want to shift them down so they start at zero, it's relatively easy: $ rename --verbose 's/^index-([1-9])\.txt$/$1/; ...
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Renaming files to have lower case extensions with 'rename'

I'm trying to currently rename a large set of files and have been using quite kludgy methods to do so, such as: rename 's:(.*)\.MOV:$1.mov:g' *.MOV rename 's:(.*)\.JPG:$1.jpg:g' *.JPG What I'd ...
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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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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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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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Allowing rename but not moving to other directory

Users can upload/delete/rename files via vsftp server and everything works well except they can also move files across directories. Is it possible to allow renaming of files but disallow moving them ...
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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 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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What is the most efficient way to move a large number of files that reside in a single directory?

CentOS 5.x I apologize if this is a repeat question. I've seen a lot of similar questions (regarding deleting files) but not exactly the same scenario. I have a directory containing hundreds of ...
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How do I move some but not all files from one directory to another?

I need to move my files from one directory to other. But there is some issues. My file name pattern is like: apple.0, apple.<n>, n -> {0,1,2,3 ...~ } so mv apple.* will not work, because ...
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How to change extension of all files in a directory? [duplicate]

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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Follow a moved file to its destination directory

Is there a way to move a file from a directory to another and then cd into the latter in one command? Something like mv /a/file /another/dir && cd _ but without typing second time the ...
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mv on a glob pattern does not work without sudo

I am using MySQL database on Ubuntu machine. My MySQL data directory is /var/lib/mysql/ , since I have a database named "db_test" , so, I have a directory named db_test/ under /var/lib/mysql/ . And ...
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Padding a number in a filename to a fixed length

I have a directory of files such as: file.1.png file.2.png … file.10.png … file.1000.png file.1001.png … How can I pad the number to 4 digits? It should end up like this: file.0001.png ...
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How can I rename all files with one extension to a different extension recursively [duplicate]

Say I have a folder: / /a.bub /v.bub /dr.bub /catpictures /catpictures/or.bub /catpictures/on.bub How can I format a script to change each of these to .aaa. Here is what I've got, although it ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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Rename multiple files, sub directories, and insert characters at specific location on OSX

I have files and directories starting with "cateory-icon-" in many sub directories. I am trying to rename them recursively to "category-icons-". Please note that I added missing "g" to the category ...
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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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Rename files by incrementing a number within the filename

I have a directory which contains numbered image files, something like this: 01.png 02.png 03.png 03.svg 04.png 05.png 06.jpg 07.png 08.png 09.png 09.svg 10.png Sometimes there may be multiple ...
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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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Replace a substring of filenames in a directory

There exists a directory, which includes several levels of sub-directories. Under these directories, there are a set of files whose names include a common word, e.g, .cc. How can I replace the .cc ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Renaming file which got a quote mark ' in its name

I got a little bit of a problem. One client tasked me with the migration of sites from a really old server. Don't know how they got there, but there are files with ' in their names. Is there any way ...
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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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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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move file by list in file

I have a file that contains file names. For example: /tmp/list.txt (it is with the spaces at the start of each line): /tmp/file.log /app/nir/home.txt /etc/config.cust I want, using one ...
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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 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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Flattening folder structure

I have this folder structure: ├── foo1 │   ├── bar1.txt │   └── bar2.txt ├── foo2 │   ├── bar3.txt │   └── bar4 with a space.txt └── foo3 └── qux1 ├── bar5.txt └── bar6.txt that ...
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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 ...