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 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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Merging folders with mv?

If I use mv to move a folder called "folder" to a directory that already contains "folder" will they merge or will it be replaced?
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Appending current date to filename

I'm trying to append the current date to the end of a file name like this: TheFile.log.2012-02-11 Here is what I have so far: set today = 'date +%Y' mkdir -p The_Logs & find . -name The_Logs ...
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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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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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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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Why is the rename utility on Debian/Ubuntu different than the one on other distributions, like CentOS?

On CentOS, the rename command uses two simple strings, from and to. rename from to file... while on Debian/Ubuntu it uses a perl-style regular expression. rename [ -v ] [ -n ] [ -f ] perlexpr [ ...
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Rename only one file in each directory, based on condition

I have 100 folders inside every folder I have one or two files named as the following: XXX_001_014_max.jpg XXX_001_024_max.jpg I saved the folders names in a file "list.txt" I ran the following ...
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Why find is not finding some folders with spaces?

find -name "* *" -type d | rename 's/ /_/g' For instance, 'Paired End' folder name on this path is not being replaced with spaces: ...
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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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rename multiple files in multiple directories using Bash scripting

I want to rename multiple files in multiple directories using Bash scripting. I have 772 such directories i.e from Nishi_001 to Nishi_772. Each directory has different number of files in it but in ...
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shortening a mv command to loop through multiple files [duplicate]

I used the following command to rename multiple files in different subdirectories. They all initially had a common name sample....., and I wanted to replace the word sample with a specific name for ...
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Minimum file permissions to rename file

I put a 64-bit ELF file in my unprivileged user's home directory. I wonder which permissions do I need to have only possiblity to rename this file being logged in as unprivileged user. From what I ...
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Remove all special characters recursively from filename [duplicate]

I have multiple files in directories and subdirectories that have special characters not supported by Microsoft file shares and SharePoint. The types of characters run the gamut from tildes to ...
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Output NamingVariable for Multiple Files in Bash Script

I have a script I've created that will pad a series of Jpgs, create a subdirectory in the working directory, move the padded Jpgs to the subdirectory, change to the subdirectory, and then use ...
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Rename hundreds of files

I'm using Elementary OS (still very new to any UNIX system) and have hundreds of text files on my old hard drive that I need to sort. All text files have a name such as; lua - eng1-6TH4eI8gtf3.txt ...
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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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Move log file which is older than 2 days

I want to move log files which are older than two days to a new directory by date, like below. Source: 1) /Test1/Server.log 2) /Test1/Server17032016.log Destination: ...
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Convert order for find … -exec

I want to rename files and directories. Let's suppose that I want to convert every ä to a, and I have Järjestelmä/Säätimet. So I say something like find -exec rename 's/ä/a/g'. Now find will convert ...
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using sed to modify all files in a directory and name the outputs accordingly

I want the sed command to work on all files in a directory and output the result into a new file. If f is val1.txt, the name of the output file should be val1_ended.txt -this is what I am trying to do ...
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How can I use ms-dos style wildcards with ls and mv?

I have the misfortune of coming from a MS-DOS background - but at least it makes me appreciate how much more powerful Linux is. I've been working on getting my Linux-Fu up to par, but there are a ...
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Why did mv delete a file with mv id_rsa *.old? [duplicate]

I wanted to backup my ~/.ssh/id_rsa to id_rsa.old, and it looks like it got deleted! How is this possible? :) root@localhost:~/.ssh# ls -l total 16 -rw------- 1 root root 3326 Mar 12 11:22 id_rsa ...
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Rename files in a directory

I have the files names as below in a directory example1.1.timestamp(.1457644337) example1.2.timestamp example1.3.timestamp and so on about 100 files. I need to rename all the files by removing the ...
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move a file that matches a pattern in a shell script

I have very little experience in writing shell scripts and need advice on how I can accomplish the following task. I need to move the most recent file in a directory where the filename matches a ...
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Quickest way to rename files, without retyping directory path

I know how to rename files in Unix: $ mv ~/folder/subfolder/file.txt ~/folder/subfolder/file.sh ^-------this part------^ ^------this part-------^ It takes too long time to repeat ...
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Bulk rename, change prefix

How can I bulk replace the prefix for many files? I have a lot of files like TestSRConnectionContext.h TestSRConnectionContext.m I would like to change all them to CLConnectionContext.h ...
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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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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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Find and rename files (including directories) whose filenames contain space [duplicate]

I have quite a number of files and directories with spaces in their filenames in my ext4 filesystems. How should I safely find and rename them? I have bash and am running Ubuntu. Is it possible ...
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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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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 do I find a bunch of files with a string in its filename (or body text) and then move all those files to a specific folder?

Say - what if I wanted to move every HTML file in several independent directories with the word "heavengames" in its filename (and as a second question, every HTML files with the word "heavengames" in ...
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can mmv rename files by incrementing an index?

Can mmv, a mass move utility, nicely rename files from: foo.txt bar.txt baz.txt to: 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt The man page is intriguing, but I don't quite follow the directions: Rename all ...
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Change filename from lowercase to uppercase recursively

I have 1,000,000 files in some folders and subfolders. I want to rename them from lowercase to uppercase using shell commands. I don't want to modify the extension. only filename part. I have found ...
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Bulk rename, change suffix? [duplicate]

How can I bulk replace the suffix for many files? I have a lot of files like NameSomthing-min.png NameSomthing1-min.png NameSomthing2-min.png I would like to change all them to NameSomthing.png ...
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How to remove prefixes and suffixes from filenames in a given directory?

I have many files with the same prefix and the same suffix. I want to remove both from filenames. Both contain spaces. So foo bar XXX doo par.jpg, foo bar YY YY doo par.jpg would become XXX.jpg and ...
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Adding folder name to .zip files inside it

I have file1.zip, file2.zip, etc. in folder called folder1. have similar folders folder2, folder3, etc. I need to add folder name to each .zip file inside these folders. So, files inside folder1 ...
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renaming txt files

I have a list of files named like this SLX-11025.N701_N504.C8912ANXX.txt And need to rename them based on this small part N701_N504, and each will be renamed to an specific code (for example - ...
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Rename files randomly but without repetition

Suppose i have a folder with a lot of file names some very strange and nonsense I want to rename it like File-1 File-2 File-3 .. I have tried this(echo is for tryng) for name in *; do echo mv ...
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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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Batch rename long filenames of variable length with years

I have a bunch of files in a single directory that I would like to rename as follows, example existing names: 1937 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.avi 1940 - Pinocchio.avi Target names: Snow ...
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Renaming a file the moment it appears in a folder

Here's the context : on a samba server, I have some folders (that we'll call A,B,C,D ) which are supposed to receive files from a network scanner. The scanner renders a PDF file named like this : ...
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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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backreferences in `rename` regex

I have A LOT of files named "bar_foo.txt" in a directory, and I'd like to rename them to "foo_bar.txt" instead. In sed and vim the regex to to this would be something like ...
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Move huge number of files into date structured directory order

I have about 1 million files in this directory: /home/username/images/ Each of the files are called something like: 012345678910(Place)_0_20120414185957_28841.jpg with the timestamp part of the ...
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Moving and renaming hundreds of .jpg files, all named 5003.jpg

So here's the deal, my girlfriend wants me to transfer all of her photos off from her iPhone onto her laptop (on which we are running Ubuntu 14.04). All of the dedicated programs I tried to do this ...
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How do I rename files using the directory name?

My file structure now is: Input 1 pre.nii 2 pre.nii I would like it to be: Input 1_pre.nii 2_pre.nii From the Input folder, I tried: for i in */pre.nii; do echo $i_pre.nii; done ...
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move middle part of filename to front

I have files named in the style 02.04.11 DJ Kilbot.mp3 (for several dates) and I want to reformat the name in this manner: DJ Kilbot 2011-02-04.mp3. In other words, the current format is MM.DD.YY ...
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rename all files in a folder deleting duplicate string-parts

I have a folder with lots of subfolders, that contain two times the same but slightly different: Movie1 {Action}{Adventure}{Sci-Fi}{Thriller}{Science Fiction}/ Movie2 ...