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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find/rename command doesn't work

I am using Linux Slackware 14.0, bash 4.2. Suppose, I have 2 files in the directory: bash-4.2$ ls 1.txt 2.txt I want to rename them to .svg. This answer is accepted and upvoted, so I think, it ...
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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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How to rename pattern in one file to another over several directories recursively

I have several directories through which I want to recursively iterate over and change the file name of *.GEOT14246.* to *.GEOT15000.* Is there a one liner on the bash script to do this ...
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How to remove URI encoding from file names?

I realise this might be quite a simple question, but I'm still quite new to the command line and only have a grasp of basic commands. I've downloaded some lecture presentations (~25 or so) from my ...
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Unix command to rename multiple files

I have some dirs with different plugin-cfg.xml files that I want to take a backup of and keep in the same dir. E.g. Plug6_a1/plugin-cfg.xml Plug6_a2/plugin-cfg.xml Plug6_a3/plugin-cfg.xml How can ...
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Remove random string from particular position in file names [duplicate]

I've downloaded dozen of files from youtube using youtube-dl. Nice feature, btw. After I searched through them all, I've realized that there are lots of ending with random numbers and letters of ...
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How to move a directory, file by file? (instead of “copy then remove”)

My computer has one 500GB drive. I want to move 400GB of data from /unencrypted to /encrypted. Both directories are on the same partition, but /encrypted is handled by ecryptfs, so mv /uncrypted/* ...
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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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Rename multiple files in UNix directory [duplicate]

I have files in unix directory in below format using sed or some other commands. Owner.Env.File_010513_1200_ver1.expdp Owner.Env.File_010513_1200_ver2.expdp Owner.Env.File_010513_1200_ver3.expdp ...
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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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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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Strange behavior in mv command - maybe open sys call issue?

I'm noticing very strange behavior from the "mv" command that may (or may not) be related to the "open" system call. We're running RedHat v5. There are two separate storage devices, one mounted to ...
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Delete whitespace in filenames in directory

I have a directory where some filenames have been wrongly named something .pdf rather than something.pdf. Is there a quick one liner I can use to delete the whitespace in the filenames. I have tried ...
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Why is this Bash command using regex not replacing my brackets?

I have this command to go through all my files in my Music directory, and all subdirectories, and replace any square brackets in the file name with rounded brackets: find /home/Music/ -depth -name "* ...
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How to strip directory structure with command line (or script)

I have a large collection of files packed into a two-level directory structure with many, many, many folders. In other words, I have a folder with a great many subfolders in it. There are no ...
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What has happened to the file when I entered “mv file.txt ../”?

I wanted to move 'file.txt' one folder up, but instead of mv file.txt ../file.txt I entered mv file.txt ../. Now the file is gone and I didn't get any error message. So it seems the some action was ...
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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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Is it better to pass all files to mv or to run a bunch of mv processes in parallel?

I have three ways of running mv. First: mv /db/dbfile1 /db/dbfile2 /db/dbfile3 /usb_storage/ and second: mv /db/dbfile1 /usb_storage/ & mv /db/dbfile2 /usb_storage/ & mv /db/dbfile3 ...
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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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renaming a directory and its subdirs without affecting their files

I have to rename directories under the root directory with prefix "ms_PF" and then rename their subdirectories with the modified name of the main directory with an extra "_", and then copy all ...
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How rename directories tree entry by entry

I have text file contain two columns: current directory name the new name of the last entry d_7154/d_7161/ 'Main Integration' ...
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Can one move a relpath in one command?

This question is similar to one I asked recently, but the answers to that question, for the most part, do not extend to this one, AFAICT. The main difference between the two questions is that the ...
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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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Create sub-directories and organize files by date

I have some directories of files copied from my security camera that I would like to organize into sub-directories by file date. So for example; -rwxrwxrwx 0 root root 4935241 Jul 19 2012 ...
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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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Recursively edit files based on parent directory's name

I'm facing an issue I'm not quite sure how to overcome. I have a large directory with hundreds of folders, all following the naming scheme "a_b_x", with x being a random word. In every one of these ...
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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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How to move files from one directory to a nested directory using SSH?

I'm new to SSH. I would like to know how to move all the files, not the folder or directory, to an existing folder or directory two levels down.
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mv * folder (avoiding 'cannot move' error) [duplicate]

Anytime I want to move thousands of files to a new folder, I always encounter the same problem. > mkdir my_folder > mv * my_folder mv: cannot move 'my_folder to a subdirectory of itself ...
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Rename current file in vim

Searching over net shows :f filename would rename the current file in vim. But executing this and later exiting vim, shows the new file with all the contents and also the old file is present with the ...
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How to “grab” matching files from a lookup file in bash?

I have a lookup file containing filenames. I also have a directory containing files, some of which have the names that correspond to some of the names in the directory. How can I: Move exact ...
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Alter path of find result [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Manipulate file name piped from find command How can I alter the path of a file found with find before I run an exec on it? I want to find files and then mv them to a ...
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How to decide that mv moves into a directory rather than replacing directory?

Say I have a directory /hello. Then I do mv /hello /hello2. Am I moving /hello into /hello2/hello? Or am I moving /hello to /hello2? It seems that when I do something like this, I get inconsistent ...
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Renaming Files according to Pattern [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Batch renaming files Let us assume that I have six files named: 1.a, 1.b, 1.c 2.a, 2.b, 2.c where a,b,c are file extensions like sh, txt etc. Now, I want to rename ...
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How do I remove carriage returns from directory names?

I created a file in Excel and ftp'd the file over to my Linux machine. In the file were a bunch of mkdir commands. Now all of the newly created directories have a carriage return at the end of them. ...
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Help renaming folder according to date

I have the folder "Backup yzT Jan-01-2013". I've made also a script for do a backup everyday. The problem I'm facing is how to rename the folder day by day according to date? Get the new name is ...
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Preserve directory structure when moving files using find

I have created the following script that move old days files as defined from source directory to destination directory. It is working perfectly. #!/bin/bash echo "Enter Your Source Directory" read ...
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Move files to mapped network folder

I was wanting to know the best or preferred way to move files from one computer to a networked hot folder. I have looked at mv and cd but all the references discuss using it locally. I would need to ...
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Including a date in a filename

Inside a directory, there are 150 files named like ABLIMITS.TXT. How do I rename them to ABLIMITS_date.txt prompting the user for date?
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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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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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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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How to move all files plus hidden to folder down?

I want to move all my drupal files in www folder to html folder. I don't know how to do this in terminal and I'm not sure if all folder and files including hidden ones are drupal in the www folder, is ...
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How do I rename multiple files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I rename a lot of files using a regex? I've got some files named abc-10.5.3.1-1.x86_64.rpm abc-compiler-10.5.3.1-1.x86_64.rpm abc-10.5.3.1-6.x86_64.rpm ...
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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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Bash Globbing Variable Substitution? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Batch renaming files I want to rename files using their existing name as a base for the new one. So if I can ls these files with ls blue*+(.png) I'd want to rename ...
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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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How to move files with same name and concatenate

My directory structure is given below. I need to move all the folders from Test3 to Test2 and concatenate the files with same names [jg@hpc Test2]$ tree . |-- Sample_1008 | |-- ...
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How to change the Name of Logical volume in Volume group

I created an LVM and inside that i created Volume Group and within it created Logical Volume and given the mount point /u001/app/pracle I named it wrong instead of ORACLE i it should have been typed ...
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Rename directory based on date of file in directory

I am looking for a smart way to bulk rename directories in my photo library based on the date the pictures were taken. My specific use case: Export the image library from iPhoto or Aperture on OS X ...