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I have ripped a number of DVDs for a home HTPC (plex server). Some of the file names contain unwanted characters. I want to preserve most of the original filename string but eliminate the undesired text within it. Here are some examples:

  • Existing Filename Apollo 18-1.mp4, remove -1 New filename Apollo 18.mp4 Rule: within a chosen directory find all filenames ending in "-1" and eliminate the character string "-1"
  • Filename ENTOURAGE_DISC1.Title1.avi, remove .Title1 New filename ENTOURAGE_DISC1.avi Rule: within a chosen directory find all filenames ending in ".Title1" and eliminate the character string ".Title1"
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    This question is not super clear. How do you expect to choose what to remove and where? I assume that mv "Apollo 18-1.mp4" "Apollo 18.mp4" is not what you are after. – Stephen Rauch Mar 27 '17 at 13:57
  • Examples are okay, but you need to give exact rules like, because more than one rules could leed to your examples. For example: "If the filename has a dash and number right before the extension, remove dash and digits." – Philippos Mar 27 '17 at 14:05
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With zsh's zmv, extrapolating the requirements from those 2 examples:

autoload zmv # best in ~/.zshrc
zmv '(*)(.Title<->|-<->).(mp4|avi)' '$1.$3'

<-> is any sequence of decimal digits. (one form of <x-y> where neither boundaries are provided). If you only want .Title1 and -1 specifically and any extension, you can always change it to:

zmv '(*)(.Title|-)1(.[^.]##)' '$1$3'

[^.]## matching one or more non-dot characters.

  • I'm fairly computer literate but a novice in Linux. I installed ZSH from the Linux Mint Package manager. It appears to be installed successfully. However, if I enter zsh at a cli prompt my prompt changes to this % and zmv is not recognized. What may I have done wrong? – Guy D'Amico Mar 27 '17 at 15:14
  • @GuyD'Amico, you need the autoload zmv (best in ~/.zshrc) as indicated. You'll find a lot of information online to configure zsh to your taste. – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 27 '17 at 15:41
  • I edited zshrc to include "autoload zmv" under a heading #autoload, then saved the file. Then within the zsh-5.3.1 folder, at the shell prompt, I type ZSH and my prompt changes. Entering zmv returns command not found. I'm obviously making rookie mistakes. – Guy D'Amico Mar 27 '17 at 16:00
  • @Guy, Note that it's ~/.zshrc (note the dot and it has to be in your home directory, not a zshrc file) your zsh customization file. You can also enter that autoload zmv at the prompt of that zsh shell. – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 27 '17 at 16:10
  • I was not aware that the dot preceding zshrc indicated it was a hidden file. So many details for a neophyte. In any event, thanks for your help. I should be good now. – Guy D'Amico Mar 27 '17 at 16:55

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