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Renaming multiple files (changing extension)

Suppose I have a bunch of files with the extension .x and I want to change them so that they have the extension .y. I know $ mv *.x *.y wouldn't work because I havn't expressed each file to change their respective extensions (that and the command expects *.y to be a directory).

What command should I issue?


You can use rename to rename files based on a pattern, and one of the examples from the man page is changing the extension of a group of files. It takes the source pattern, modified pattern, and the files to operate on, so in your case:

$ rename .x .y *.x

It changes the first occurrence of .x to .y, so if you happen to have .x anywhere other than the end of the filename it's going to change that first

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  • I get this: $ rename .x .y *.x Transliteration pattern not terminated at (eval 1) line 2. However 's/.x/.y/' as a pattern seems to work. – oadams Sep 26 '11 at 1:55
  • You have to take into account the difference between Red Hat rename and Debian rename. And then there are Unices that have neither. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 26 '11 at 2:32
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    That's annoyingly distro-specific... – Michael Mrozek Sep 26 '11 at 2:34

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