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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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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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 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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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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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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Why unix mv program doesn't need -R (recursive) option for directories but cp does need it?

This is a kind of "wtf?" question, so I'm sorry if I will disturb someone's vision of how things should be or if I will just annoy you with the "stupid" question. I always get messed up when need to ...
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Quick way to include a directory path when calling mv? [duplicate]

Often I will work out of the root of a rails directory where I find my self navigating the same path twice every time I would like to move a file: mv app/views/layouts/application.html.erb ...
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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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How to replace one char with another in all filenames of the current directories?

How do you rename all files/subdirs in the current folder? Lets say, I have many files and subdirs that are with spaces and I want to replace all the spaces with an underscore. File 1 File 2 File 3 ...
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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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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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How to move a directory, file by file? (instead of “copy then remove”)

My computer has one 500GB drive. I want to move 400GB of data from /unencrypted to /encrypted. Both directories are on the same partition, but /encrypted is handled by ecryptfs, so mv /uncrypted/* ...
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What does `mv ./*` without specifying destination do?

I accidentally forgot to specify destination before hitting the Return key. Where does mv ./* without specifying destination move the files and directories under current directory to?
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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 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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What does mv do in case of errors?

I've just tried to move a big tree from one disk to another, which was too small. Now, I'm left with something I can't really understand - it looks like some files were indeed moved away from the ...
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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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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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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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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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Move files and change ownership at the sametime

On Linux (Debian, Ubuntu Mint...), Is there any option command or something that I can use to transfer files to another user without having to do : sudo mv /home/poney/folderfulloffiles ...
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How to rename multiple files in single command or script in Unix? [duplicate]

I have the below list of files aro_tty-mIF-45875564pmo_opt aro_tty-mIF-45875664pmo_opt aro_tty-mIF-45875964pmo_opt aro_tty-mIF-45875514pmo_opt aro_tty-mIF-45875524pmo_opt that I need to rename to ...
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Subtract 1 from all file names (rename them) in a directory.

I have a directory which contains image files with names like image1.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg ... Unfortunately, the image names must be zero based, so image1.jpg should be image0.jpg, ...
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How to remove the (1) from filenames using the find command

I recently converted all of my FLAC files to a lower sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and bit depth of 24 bits (because iPhone/iPod don't support anything above that) using XLD on my Mac OS 10.7 (Lion). ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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mv a file without breaking a symlink to that file

Is it possible to mv a file w/out breaking a symbolic link to that file? My initial response to this is no, and I'm working out a script based solution to change the links immediately following 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Renaming a bunch of files with date modified timestamp at the end of the filename?

So, say, I have a directory with a bunch of files like g.txt, where g.txt was last modified on, say, June 20, 2012. How would I batch-rename all of the files (like g.txt) with the last modified date ...
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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 with renaming

I have a huge file tree. Some files have same name but in different case, e.g. 'some_code.c' and 'Some_Code.c'. So when I'm trying to copy it to NTFS/FAT filesystem it asks me about whether i'm ...
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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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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 ...
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cp or mv files to same directory they are already in when I am in another?

If I am in ~/blob and I have a file in ~/blob/a_long_directory_name/c/x.x I can type mv blob/a_long_directory_name/c/x.x blob/a_long_directory_name/even_more/y.y Is there any shortcut whereby I ...
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How to replace spaces in all file names with underscore in Linux using shell script?

I tried following shell script which should replace spaces from all xml files for xml_file in $(find $1 -name "* .xml" -type f); do echo "removing spaces from XML file:" $xml_file mv "$xml_file" ...
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mv * folder (avoiding 'cannot move' error) [duplicate]

Anytime I want to move thousands of files to a new folder, I always encounter the same problem. > mkdir my_folder > mv * my_folder mv: cannot move 'my_folder to a subdirectory of itself ...
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“mkdir foo; svn mv * foo”

I often want to do some variant of this idiom: $ mkdir 2010 $ svn mv * 2010 Of course, I get an error because the glob matches 2010 as well: svn: Cannot copy path '2010' into its own child ...
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Rename files in the local folder adding a prefix or suffix

I have many files in a folder and I want to add either prefix or a suffix (not both) to them. I checked here and found out I can use for filename in *.jpg; do mv "$filename" "prefix_$filename"; done; ...
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Bash script to rename files from a text file source

I'm fairly new to bash; I can just about perform simple administrative tasks with simple commands 1 at a time. However, I've been tasked with renaming some files in a directory using a text file as ...
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Replace dots with underscores in filenames, leaving extension intact

I have a bash script which I'm trying to get to replace dots in filenames and replace them with underscores, leaving the extension intact (I'm on Centos 6 btw). As you can see from the output below, ...
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How can I rename a lot of files using a regex?

I want to rename a lot of files on Mac OS X (10.7.2).. I don't have the perl package for the rename command. My files have names like "T452-102456-0.png" and I want to delete the "-0" part. I know I ...
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Recursively rename subdirectories that match a regex

I have a media server with a folder called Series. (/media/Expansion2/Series/) In it, I have (surprise!) TV series. These are just the show names, e.g., /media/Expansion2/Series/The Big Bang Theory/ ...