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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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 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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Batch File Rename Using Mapping File

I have a large collection of image files, for example: a.png, b.png, c.png, etc If I have a file with mappings of filenames to numbers, like so (ignore the format, it could be anything): a=>1 ...
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How copy and rename files found in “find” function Linux?

I have a folder named /home/user/temps which has 487 folders. In each folder I have a file called thumb.png. I want to copy all files named thumb.png to a separate folder and rename them based on ...
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How to choose directory name during untarring

Say I have file named ugly_name.tar, which when extracted, becomes ugly_name directory. What command can I use such that the resulting directory name is pretty_name instead?
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Multiple renaming files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean up file extensions? I'd like to rename files with extension .flac.mp3 to extension .mp3. I used the following command $ for i in *; do mv $i `echo $i | sed ...
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How to overwrite target files with mv?

I have a ton of files and dirs in a subdirectory I want to move to the parent directory. There are already some files and dirs in the target directory which need to be overwritten. Files that are only ...
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Selective recursive move?

Is there a command like mv --preserve-structure src src/1 src/2/3 dst which creates dst/1 and dst/2/3? It should work similar to mv src/* dst, but move only the subtrees listed.
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Restoring backup files

I have a directory in which are listed some .py files and some .py.bak files. I want to delete the .py files and restore the backup file renaming them *.py. Is there a shell script that can do this? ...
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mv failed halfway through - is source directory intact

I ran mv a-folder /home/me on a machine and half way through the move the destination device filled up. a-folder was made up of folders and files in various subdirectories. Does mv leave the source ...
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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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rename directory of images numeric

I'm trying to rename a directory full of images like so: test.jpg funny.gif sad.png filename.PNG filenaaskjas.JPG to: 1.jpg 2.gif 3.png 4.png 5.jpg I've got it working ...
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Copy/rename multiple files using regular expression (shell script)

I have a collection of files matching a pattern such as 'assignment02.cc', 'assignment02.h', 'assignment02.txt', etc. I would like to copy/rename these files into 'assignment03.cc', 'assignment03.h', ...
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How can I rename photos, given the EXIF data?

Let's say I have a bunch of photos, all with correct EXIF information, and the photos are randomly named (because of a problem I had). I have a little program called jhead which gives me the below ...
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How to clean up file extensions?

I have a directories with .MP3 files which I'd like to change the extensions to .mp3. What's the easiest way to do this? I'm think something along the lines of: find /RootPath -type f -iname "*.mp3" ...
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bulk rename (or correctly display) files with special characters

I have a bunch of directories and subdirectories that contain files with special characters, like this file: robbie@phil:~$ ls test�sktest.txt test?sktest.txt Find reveals an escape sequence: ...
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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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Lowercasing all directories under a directory

I want to lowercase every directories' name under a directory. With which commands can I do that?
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How do you bulk move files up one directory safely?

How can I move files up a directory where there might be hundreds or thousands of files in the directory, and you might not be sure about whether there are dupes in ... What method would you use? How ...
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How do I correct a directory incorrectly copied into itself?

Given the following situation... <path>/mydir1/mydir2 ...where mydir2 should have overwritten mydir1, but was instead placed inside, and both directories actually have the same filename. How ...
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Strategies for maintaining a reference to a file after it was moved or renamed?

I've had a mac at work lately, and was amazed to see that Xcode would still find my latest project after I renamed its folder and moved it someplace else. Now I understand that this is the result of ...
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Command-line mv exclusion list

Is there a way to mv,cp, or any file operation such that I could specify all the files I don't want affected? For example, say I have a folder with the files file1, file2, and file3, and I want to ...
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How can I move files by type recursively from a directory and its sub-directories to another directory?

What would be a good way to move a file type from a directory and all of its sub-directories? Like "move all *.ogg in /thisdir recursively to /somedir". I tried a couple of things; my best effort was ...
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Batch renaming files

I have a directory full of images: image0001.png image0002.png image0003.png ... And I would like a one-liner to rename them to (say). 0001.png 0002.png 0003.png ... How do I do this?
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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 ...