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 command with non-existing target directory

I'm trying to group files automatically into subdirectories using a command like this: $ rename 's/(.)(.)(.+)/$1\/$2\/$1$2$3/' *.* A dry run with the -n parameter shows me what I want: test.jpg ...
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How to rename file in bash script one by one

I have loads of files which look like this: data1.csv data2.csv . . data(n).csv My use case is that when I will call my script it will change data1.csv to data.csv and remaining files as it is and ...
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How to change double hyphen to single hyphen of file names?

I have been using the rename command to get control over my naming conventions across my system. In converting spaces in file names to hyphens, I have inadvertently created consecutive hyphens in some ...
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perl rename: Prepending something to a set of file names across subdirectories

Although perl's rename tool has become an invaluable companion for my daily work, there are still some quirks that make work more difficult - especially when files are not in current work directory. ...
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How do I rename lots of files on a directory without changing their extensions? [duplicate]

I have a problem! I have a bunch of image files with extensions. Jpg and. Png. I wrote a script that renames the files, changing their names in a pattern followed by a number like this: ... ...
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Adding timestamp to file/dir name

I am trying to write a script, that will copy file or directory with added timestamp to filename/dirname Something like: cover.jpg --> cover_18-01-2014_17:37:32.jpg directory --> ...
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Copying and renaming files to a single directory by a single shell script

I have multiple files with an example of how they look like shown below. -rw-r--r-- 1 my_user users 12 Dec 13 09:56 Example_30_001_20130913175000.DAT -rw-r--r-- 1 my_user ...
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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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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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Restructuring directories into a hierarchy

I have the following type of folder structure containing thousands of folders. The folder names are as such with different names etc .test .test.subfolder .test.subfolder.subsubfolder .folder ...
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Move some files on every dir to a different dir [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move files by type recursively from a directory and its sub-directories to another directory? I'm quite new to Linux and specially to the shell and all of its ...
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Insert selected filename while copying in Midnight Commander

Is it possible to paste the selected filename into the copy popup, so when I hit F5 this filename will be in the 'to' section, so I can adjust it? For example: I want to copy ...
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Rename all the files with a specific extension in all the subdirectory [duplicate]

I have a lot of directories. Each one of these has a file with a specific extension .ext. I want to rename these files. Example: // Note: The names are random, can have spaces and special ...
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Rename all the files in a folder such that it removes the text between two same characters

I have huge number of files in folders whose names are as following: abc.test.txt edf.main.txt num2.tb.doc file3.map.csv file4.test.csv I would like these files to be renamed such a way that the ...
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Rename multiple files in multiple directories to the name of the directory plus 1

I have been attempting to rename a bunch of files to their directories. I have multiple directories with spaces and no spaces /The Dark Tower. In it are multiple titles with file names with spaces ...
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Renaming Files and Directories Recursively using rename/find

I started learning linux on vmware using centos 7. I created an image directory and several layers of files and sub-directories in that folder. most of the names containing spaces. I want to use a ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Renaming multiple files; appending

I'm looking to rename multiple files with the same name, with exception to the end of their file names. I want to replace the differing parts with an incremental counter. E.g. With the following ...
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Batch rename “case duplicates”

I have a folder on my Linux system that is cross-synchronized with other computers, some of them with Windows. The problem is that in that folder there are files that are "case duplicates", i.e. their ...
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Rename files based on directory names

How can I rename .jpg files in multiple folders based on the name of the folder? I also want the .jpg files to remain in their respective folders and not moved. The folder names have no spaces. So, ...
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Replace new lines char (^M) in all files and then rename file based on char string

I am not a UNIX guy but understand enough to gin up small scripts here and there except for this one where I may personally be not able to devote enough time. I have about 2000 files in a directory ...
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scp with password and renaming the file [closed]

I need to execute scp command with renaming the file. I have tried with following code: HOST=lnx25 USERNAME=ngqa PASSWORD=xxxxx FILE=$1 FILE_NAME=`echo $FILE | awk 'BEGIN{FS="/"} {print $NF;}'` ...
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rename a batch of files after reading from a source file

I have a directory full of over a thousand files and the names are bit long (and no pattern found in the naming style). I would like to simplify the filenames. E.g.: ...
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Renaming a whole folder content

I'm on OSX 10.9.2 (BASH 3.5) and I wanted to rename a whole folder content names. So I run a script and somehow ended with this: s01eDavid.Letterman.2014.02.27.Stupid.Human.Tricks.x264-SWOLLED.mp4 ...
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Rename directory from within directory?

How would I rename a directory from within that directory? For example: ~/tmp $ rn tmp2 ~/tmp2 $ I can do that with: cd .. && mv tmp tmp2 && cd tmp2, but not sure how to make it ...
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Copying Files in a Folder To Individual Folders

This might sound like something quite odd but for my HTPC, I need to rearrange how my files are stored such that each of the individual files in a folder needs to be moved to a subdirectory of its own ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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rename files matching specific mtime value within directory

I use simple set of shell commands to in order to create mysqldumps daily. The script is called by cron daemon. It looks like: presentdate="`date +%d-%m-%Y_%H:%M.%S`" basedir="/var/db_my_backup" ...
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How to remove a single quote from a file name? [duplicate]

I have some podcasts on my radio server which contain a timestamp when they should be played. I noticed one of them is put into single quotes 'filename.mp3', and I'm unable to remove them. Check this: ...
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How to change the default use of detox, so it just doesn't replace spaces by underscores

I'm happy with the default usage of detox for sanitizing filenames, except I don't always want to replace whitespace with a single underscore. Would like to replace whitespace with a single space. ...
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Is it possible to rename a process you own from outside that process?

If I'm logged in as $USER, and I run top and I can see a process I own can I rename that process? If so, how? If not, can root rename a foreign process? If so, how? If not, why?
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rsync + renaming the copied files

Is it possible to change the name of the destination file (add some timestamp as a prefix) when copy is done by rsync ? For example, I can use the following command to change the name of the ...
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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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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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How to change configuration of detox (dash instead underscore)?

I found, best to this moment, a solution when changing all those annoying filenames in large quantities, making them readable and easier to manipulate with in command-line. So I found, among many ...
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File corruption using rsync, multiple rsync processes, moved/renamed source file

I'm encountering some file corruption when using rsync (that is, the file contents do not match the source file). I can understand the file becoming corrupt if it is being written to while being ...
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Automatically Rename File if there's a Duplicate Filename

I have a command that creates montages of images. Sometimes I want to save multiple montages from a series of images in a folder. The montage will be saved as output.jpg. But if I create another ...
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Two HDD partitions with the same name result in uncertain directories

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a machine that has a lot of hard drives plugged into it. These hard drives have partitions with old OS's which have a lot of key data that I use often. The problem is, I ...
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Which Unixes support cross-device filesystem links (in particular for rename)?

Just read the following on the FreeBSD man page for the rename syscall: ... [EXDEV] The link named by to and the file named by from are on different logical devices (file systems). Note that ...
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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 ...