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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zmv for zsh: Dry runs and man pages

I've heard great things about zmv in zsh, and would love to really learn to use it. However, I am still relatively unexperienced in zsh, and have some basic questions: Is there is a man page for zmv ...
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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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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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Strip Filenames and Rename

What rename command can I use which will delete the present filenames in a directory and replace them with alphanumeric filenames? Such as gg0001, gg0002, et cetera? And I'd like the command to work ...
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How can you move (or copy) all files of a certain type to a directory in Unix?

I'm not very familiar with all the tricks of grep/find/awk/xargs quite yet. I have some files matching a particular pattern, say *.xxx. These files are in random places throughout a certain ...
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cannot rename files with `[ ]` on its name?

I'd been trying to use the rename function in my debian, I searched here at unix.stackexchange but it seems the solution is not the same in my scenario which files contains [] ...
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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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remove all instances of _000 from multiple files

Had to recover my music library from a HDD which died.... got everything I wanted but all music track names have _000 added at the end. I really don't fancy going through 8000 individual music tracks ...
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Mac Terminal - rename *.png.png to *.png

I have a bunch of images that I'd like to rename as follows: *.png.png --> *.png *.jpeg.jpg --> *.jpg *.JPEG --> *.jpg The only thing I've tried thus far is mv *.png.png *.png, but I knew ...
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Traverse, copy & transform file names

My issue: I need to copy log files, all with identical names, but stored 1-deep in subdirectories, and change their names. I'm copying from the a folder called Logfiles which contains a bunch of ...
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Why can't I have a folder and a file with the same name?

I've never had this problem before, but for some reason, I can't rename my folder to packages/. This is the structure: root - packages_old/ - packages When I try to rename the folder with ...
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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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Copy files from find command [closed]

I am trying to copy all *file.log files found using find. The problem is all files are named the same and it is only copying over one file. I need to find a way to rename the files in the command or ...
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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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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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How to mass rename files with ill-formed numbering?

I've got bunch of files with ill-formed numbering: prefix-#.ext | for files with number 1-9 prefix-##.ext | for files with number 10-99 prefix-###.ext | for files with number 100-999 ...
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Rename multiple files to their suffixes

I need a way to rename a couple of files containing spaces. I have: >ls Garbage Foo1.txt Garbage Foo2.txt Garbage Foo3.txt Garbage Foo4.txt ... And I need: Foo1.txt Foo2.txt Foo3.txt Foo4.txt ...
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Add 0 in the middle of a filename

$ ls pro2e_u01_txt_vocabulaire_11_descriptiveadjectives.mp3 pro2e_u01_txt_vocabulaire_12_nationality.mp3 pro2e_u01_txt_vocabulaire_1_campus.mp3 pro2e_u01_txt_vocabulaire_2_personnes.mp3 ...
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Creating directories in a loop and moving files to those directories

Consider a directory with N files. I can list the files alphabetically sorted and store the list by ls > list Then I want to create n sub-directories in same directory, which can be done by ...
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Rename files depending on their parent directory

I have a main directory, let's say main. This main directory has some folders, among which are three folders named ccc ddd and lll, which are the only folders I want to target and work on. Each of ...
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Copy files that partially matches another files in another location

I have a list of jpeg files in a directory like this (below is just a sample, like the structure is the same but this there are many fo0# sub-folders, not only fo01 and fo01, where each of these ...
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Remove newlines in file names

I have a PHP code that generates the file name on which wget will append its logs. I generated 2000+ files, but the problem is I am having trouble working with them because I had a mistake of putting ...
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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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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 to rename file and folder of mp3 based on ID3 tag

How to rename music files based on ID3 tag with format: number. title where the number doesn't exists on the id3tag but exists on the file name? And how to rename folders based on ID3 tag with format ...
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Moving an open file to a different device

I have an application running that is generating a large (~200GB) output file, and takes about 35 hours to run (currently I'm about 12 hours in). The application just opens the file once then keeps it ...
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Copy files to a destination folder only if the files already exist. but the source files have a different file extension

Copy files to a destination folder only if the files already exist. but the source files have a different file extension. i.e I have a backup of some files with ".desktop.in" extension and I want to ...
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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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Change Multiple (Including No) File Extensions

If I have a directory of files, where some files have an extension like .html and some files have no extension, how do I change them all to, e.g. .txt?
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Renaming the current directory from a shell - possible?

Is it possible to rename the current working directory from within a shell (Bash in my particular case)? If I attempt to do this the straightforward way, I end up with an error: ...
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How to rename thousands of files efficiently?

I have a bunch of music files (literally thousands of files) in my Fedora PC that I'd like to rename with two rules: Every space must be replaced by the character _ (underscore), and Every letter in ...
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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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Renaming multiple Files, Bash Script, preferably with an Addition

Hello you wonderful people, I have a little problem creating a Bash Script. I have 7000 image files (dicoms). These files belong together and should be in order in ONE directory. However, the program ...
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Best way to swap filenames

I need to swap filenames of two files (file and file_1). I'm using the following code for it. mv file .phfile mv file_1 file mv .phfile file This works but is very buggy, It sometimes even results ...
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Swap two files in bash [duplicate]

How do I swap two files in Linux console with minimum typing? Boring approach: $ mv file1.dat fileX.dat $ mv file2.dat file1.dat $ mv fileX.dat file2.dat
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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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rename multiple files with one variable

I am trying to rename one file with one variable. Example: 2014.001.**.**.**.D890.E.m to IP.PMST..BHE.D.2014.001. My script is: #!/bin/bash cd /home/pintolcv/Downloads for jd in {001..366} do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Rename file by it is folder name

I have a sort of folders (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H) and I have one file in every folder has the same name in all the folders (file.txt) but the size of this file is different from folder to folder. I wanted to ...
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Rename multiple file with no extensions? [duplicate]

I have multiple files all named seperate1 seperate2 etc. How do I rename them all to have the extension .csv?
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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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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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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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Renaming files from prefix and sufix

I've a series of media files I'm trying to rename en mass. 001 - 01x01 - mediaTitle1.avi 002 - 01x02 - mediaTitle2.avi 003 - 01x03 - mediaTitle3.avi What I'd like is to output: Series Title S01 ...
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Remove a specific extension from all the files in a directory

I have a couple of files with ".old" extension. How can I remove the ".old" extension without remove the file? I can do it manually but with more work: mv file1.key.old file1.key mv ...
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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 ...