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 I get the backup option of cp and mv to work with directories?

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file The man page does say that it works on file. It doesn't seem to have any effect on directories. Is there anyway to make this ...
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Move folder content up one level

I have a directory that is unpacked, but is in a folder. How can I move the contents up one level? I am accessing CentOS via SSH.
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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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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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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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How to rename multiple files by inserting numbers

I have a list of files like the following: pairs10_10.mp3 pairs10_11.mp3 pairs10_12.mp3 pairs10_13.mp3 pairs10_14.mp3 pairs10_15.mp3 pairs10_16.mp3 pairs10_17.mp3 pairs10_18.mp3 pairs10_19.mp3 ...
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Best way to continue stopped move (mv) by merging directories?

I have moved (mv) a pretty large directory on my NAS (Linux based), but had to interrupt the procedure. Not being a regular Linux user, I though I could just continue and merge the rest later in. mv ...
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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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Changing extension to multiple files

I would like to change file extension from *.txt file to *.text file, tried using the basename command, but I am having trouble on changing more than 1 file, I am getting a basename: too many ...
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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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Bash multiple rename in one line: is possible?

Is possible to rename and substitute on fly with bash? for example i have VTS_01_1.VOB VTS_01_2.VOB VTS_01_3.VOB I want to rename for use in mencoder with movie_1.avi movie_2.avi,etc.. I ...
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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-------^ I think it takes too long time to repeat ...
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Is it possible to name a QThread? [migrated]

I have a Linux Qt application that creates some QThreads. I know that when you create a thread it inherits the parent name and I can see it when I use htop or ps ax -L. Is it possible to name those ...
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How to move all files and folders via mv command

How can I move all files and folders from one directory to another via mv command?
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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 portion of multiple files

Take a number of files named: data_a_LT.fits data_a_LT.coo data_a_LT.ec data_a_LT.grp I want to replace all "a_LT" with "LT_A" such that I have: data_LT_A.fits data_LT_A.coo data_LT_A.ec ...
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zmv command to rename file after matching pattern

I was trying to figure out a solution for this question using zmv. I am unable to find an exact solution using zmv. This is what I could come up with so far. From here, I could rename all files like ...
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How to rename to fixed length

I have files named as 0-n.jpg for n from 1 to 500, for example. The problem is that some guy using Windows didn't use leading zeros so when I do ls I obtain 0-100.jpg 0-101.jpg ... 0-10.jpg ... ...
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Merging folders with mv?

If I move a folder with mv called "folder" to a directory that already contains "folder" will they merge or will it be replaced?
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Rotating a file

I have an application which write to a file. Before I run the application, I would like to rotate the file. In others move file.n to file.n+1 file to file.1. I can write a script to do this, but I ...
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How to remove a specific string from file name [duplicate]

I have a report running in UNIX and creating a file named xxxx_ddmmyy_hhmm_zzzzzz.txt. I need to remove the zzzzzz from the file name. How do I do it?
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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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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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rename hundreds of file by removing last few characters

I have hundreds of file andI want to remove last 7 characters from the filename but keeping its extension. Old name: abc_xyz12_4567.txt abcde_xyz12_4567.txt New name: abc_xyz.txt abcde_xyz.txt ...
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rename files with rename command

Please advice what is wrong with the following command find /tmp/dir -name "* *" -type f | rename 's/*/fixed_/g' remark - I prefer to do that with one command not loop syntax What I want is to ...
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Rename Multiple files in unix

I have multiple files whose names look like this 2313_ABCDEAUG2014_PQRST_0_.pdf 3244_ABCDEAUG2014_PQRST_0_.pdf 4234_ABCDEAUG2014_PQRST_0_.pdf t want to rename the file in the following format. ...
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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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rename a list of files according to a text file

I have a list of files in a folder, which I will like to rename according to a textfile. For example: These are the 5 files in the folder. 101_T1.nii 107_T1.nii 109_T1.nii 118_T1.nii 120_T1.nii I ...
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For each subfolder, sort files by name and rename them to sequential padded numbers (regardless of extension)

I have the following directory structure: . ├── event-a │   ├── album-a │   │   ├── a.jpg │   │   └── x.png │   └── album-b │   ├── a.jpg │   ├── x.png │   └── y.gif └── event-b ├── ...
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find file, copy but with different name

I have files with random numbers in /home/user/files folder (every 4 days I have new ones). for example: john20 john25 john40 tom12 tom32 simon2 simon8 simon53 I want to take only last modified ...
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change the extension of all files based on user input

I was taking an online assessment and I got the below question. Create a script located at /usr/local/bin/set-file-extensions that will change the extension of all files in the directory ...
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Rename a file dynamically containing spaces [duplicate]

I want to rename a file dynamically based on data which contains spaces Name="Abc DEF" Name1="GHI JKL" mv /sample/pdf/noriginalName.pdf /sample/outputPdf/${NAME}${Name1}".pdf" But it gives me an ...
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Move files to multiple folders [closed]

I've searched for this function, and there are lots of answers, but I haven't been able to find anything that works for me. I have a folder with about 30,000 files, and I want a terminal command or ...
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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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How to rename file to .. (dot dot)?

Apparently you can rename file to .... If I were insane, how would I rename file to .. or .? Is such a filename even allowed? Backslash doesn't seem to disable dot's special meaning: $ mv test \. ...
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Delete spaces, hyphens, and underscores in filenames?

What is a good command to delete spaces, hyphens, and underscores from all files in a directory, or selected files? I use the following command with Thunar Custom Actions to slugify filenames: for ...
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SSHFS seems to be working, but Sublime + SSHFS doesn't?

I use the command, to mount my remote filesystem using SSHFS: $ sshfs -o uid=1000 -o gid=1000 root@10.0.1.198:/ "/home/chendy/my_mount" Everything seems to be happy, unless I try and open and save ...
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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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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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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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How to remove dot and space from beginning of filenames

I'm trying to change jpg files named with a dot and a space at the beginning and with a missing dot before the end (like this . Startjpg to Start.jpg The dot makes the files hidden from sed and ls ...
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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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How would I change file permissions if the file name has a space in it in linux [duplicate]

I would like to know how would I rename and change file permissions of a file that contains a space in the name on Linux. Example The name of my file is: my file I have tried mv my%20file my_file ...
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Renaming the files and move to other path

I need to rename the files given below and move to some other path 1234551abcde20140718023216001.txt.809047512.2014_07_07_13:47:44 000001abcde20140718023216001.txt.34568.001.2014_07_07_13:50:44 ...
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Batch rename image files by age plus add date and variable to filename

The question is completely rewritten due to things learned from the first two answers and comments that I was unaware of when first asking. After a photo shoot I come home with files that look like ...
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renaming images to include creation date in name

When I look at the properties of an image, I can see the date the photo was taken in "Date Taken". When I edit the images (proprietary program) this data gets lost. How can I rename the image files ...
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How can I use rename to recursively rename everyting to uppercase

I'd like to recursively rename all files and folders (sub-folders) to uppercase. I found some scripts that will do it to lowercase, but I don't know how to change them so it will do it the other way ...
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Create directory using filenames and move the files to its repective folder

I have a folder with around 150 text files. I would like to create folders in the name of the 150 files. After that I would like the text file to be moved to its respective folder. Example names of ...
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Detect file-type with the help of magic-file and rename file-suffix accordingly

I have a folder (the iPhone Backup) with various files without a suffix. I want to run a batch process over these files, which detects each file's file-type (with the help of the magic-file database ...
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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 ...