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zeros=3; from=1; to=15; for foo in $(seq $from $to); do echo mv "front${foo}back" "front$(printf "%0${zeros}d\n" $foo)back"; done
2012-05-17 10:54:45
Functions: echo mv seq
0

This command takes a few changes to get to the file format, but once you have that, you're good to go. Set your environment variables and then change the text "front" and "back" to whatever you're files start and end with. You'll end up with some easily sort-able files.

for i in ?.ogg; do mv $i 0$i; done
2012-05-15 02:52:52
User: Bonster
Functions: mv
20

from

1.ogg

2.ogg

3.ogg

10.ogg

11.ogg

to

01.ogg

02.ogg

03.ogg

10.ogg

11.ogg

for file in * ; do mv "$file" `echo "$file" | tr ' ' '_' | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'`; done
2012-05-06 17:54:06
User: cengztr
Functions: file mv tr
0

All files in the directory will be renamed replacing every space in the filename by "_" (underline) and converting upper case characters to lower case characters.

e.g. Foo Bar.txt --> foo_bar.txt

for i in *.jpg; do dst=$(exif -t 0x9003 -m $i ) && dst_esc=$(echo $dst | sed 's/ /-/g' ) && echo mv $i $dst_esc.jpg ; done
2012-05-02 07:23:38
User: klisanor
Functions: echo mv sed
Tags: exif date rename
1

The command renames all files in a certain directory. Renaming them to their date of creation using EXIF. If you're working with JPG that contains EXIF data (ie. from digital camera), then you can use following to get the creation date instead of stat.

* Since not every file has exif data, we want to check that dst is valid before doing the rest of commands.

* The output from exif has a space, which is a PITA for filenames. Use sed to replace with '-'.

* Note that I use 'echo' before the mv to test out my scripts. When you're confident that it's doing the right thing, then you can remove the 'echo'... you don't want to end up like the guy that got all the files blown away.

Credits: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4710753/rename-files-according-to-date-created

for file in "* *"; do mv "${file}" "${file// /_}"; done
for i in *.txt; do j=`mktemp | awk -F. '{print $2".txt"}'`; mv "$i" "$j"; done
2012-04-17 17:13:32
User: yepitsken
Functions: awk mv
0

A simple way to rename a set of files to a unique, randomized file name.

mv public_html{,~~} && mv public_html{~,} && mv public_html{~~,~}
2012-04-16 16:37:05
User: fuscata
Functions: mv
1

This lets you replace a file or directory and quickly revert if something goes wrong. For example, the current version of a website's files are in public_html. Put a new version of the site in public_html~ and execute the command. The names are swapped. If anything goes wrong, execute it again (up arrow or !!).

while true; do iptables -nvL > /tmp/now; diff -U0 /tmp/prev /tmp/now > /tmp/diff; clear; cat /tmp/diff; mv /tmp/now /tmp/prev; slee p 1; done
2012-04-15 00:02:33
Functions: cat diff iptables mv
0

this alternative shows the differences as they occur so that they are made plain

find . -depth -name '* *' -execdir bash \-c 'a="{}";mv -f "$a" ${a// /_}' \;
2012-02-28 04:03:40
User: DewiMorgan
Functions: bash find mv
1

Sometimes, you don't want to just replace the spaces in the current folder, but through the whole folder tree - such as your whole music collection, perhaps. Or maybe you want to do some other renaming operation throughout a tree - this command's useful for that, too.

To rename stuff through a whole directory tree, you might expect this to work:

for a in `find . -name '* *'`;do mv -i "$a" ${a// /_};done

No such luck. The "for" command will split its parameters on spaces unless the spaces are escaped, so given a file "foo bar", the above would not try to move the file "foo bar" to "foo_bar" but rather the file "foo" to "foo", and the file "bar" to "bar". Instead, find's -execdir and -depth arguments need to be used, to set a variable to the filename, and rename files within the directory before we rename the directory.

It has to be -execdir and won't work with just -exec - that would try to rename "foo bar/baz quux" to "foo_bar/baz_quux" in one step, rather than going into "foo bar/", changing "baz quux" to "baz_quux", then stepping out and changing "foo bar/" into "foo_bar/".

To rename just files, or just directories, you can put "-type f" or "-type d" after the "-depth" param.

You could probably safely replace the "mv" part of the line with a "rename" command, like rename 'y/ /_/' *, but I haven't tried, since that's way less portable.

ls|grep .mp3 >list.txt; while read line; do newname=`echo $line|sed 's/\ /-/g'|sort`; newname=`echo $newname|tr -s '-' `; echo $newname; echo $newname>> tracklist.txt;mv "$line" "$newname"; done <list.txt; rm list.txt
for FILE in `ls -1`; do if [ -L "$FILE" ]; then cp $(readlink "$FILE") ${FILE}_rf; rm -f $FILE; mv ${FILE}_rf "$FILE"; fi; done
find . -iname *.java -type f -exec bash -c "iconv -f WINDOWS-1252 -t UTF-8 {} > {}.tmp " \; -exec mv {}.tmp {} \;
for i in *ext; do mv $i ${i%.ext}; done
2011-11-13 03:58:08
User: paulochf
Functions: mv
-3

For those files in current folder that would be shown in `ls *ext`, for some extension ext, move/rename that file removing the .ext suffix from the file name.

It uses Bash's parameter substitution, as seen in

http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/parameter-substitution.html#PCTPATREF

(for analog use in prefix, see http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/parameter-substitution.html#PSOREX2 )

patch originalfile -i my.patch -o newfile; mv newfile originalfile
2011-10-23 08:51:36
User: anhpht
Functions: mv patch
1

diff originalfile updatedfile > my.patch

find . -iname pom.xml -type f -exec bash -c "cat {} | sed s/1\.0\.46\-SNAPSHOT/1\.0\.48\-SNAPSHOT/g > {}.tmp " \; -exec mv {}.tmp {} \;
2011-10-05 18:57:12
User: miguelbaldi
Functions: bash find mv
0

When a large maven release goes wrong, by deploying just some of the artifacts letting others behind, some projects got wrong SNAPSHOT versions. This command comes to help!

Tip: replace sed's regex by your version numbers

find ./ -type f -exec mv {} . \;
for file in *.mp4; do mv "$file" "${file%.*} [$(cksfv -b -q "$file" | egrep -o "\b[A-F0-9]{8}\b$")].${file#*.}"; done
mv -b old_file_name new_and_already_existent_file_name
2011-09-08 23:57:15
User: ztank1013
Functions: mv
Tags: backup mv cp safe
5

Sometimes in a hurry you may move or copy a file using an already existent file name. If you aliased the cp and mv command with the -i option you are prompted for a confirmation before overwriting but if your aliases aren't there you will loose the target file!

The -b option will force the mv command to check if the destination file already exists and if it is already there a backup copy with an ending ~ is created.

c=blue;convert -size 50x50 xc:$c $c.png; for i in red green yellow; do convert $c.png -background $i -rotate 20 $i.png; rm $c".png"; c=$i; done; mv $i".png" logo.png; display logo.png
2011-08-21 15:59:11
User: Funatiker
Functions: mv rm
Tags: ImageMagick
0

Deletes unneeded files after every step and allows to use a color other than yellow at the last position.

IFS=?" ; for i in * ; do mv -v $i `echo $i|tr ???????????????????\ aaaeeiooAAAEEIOOOcC_` ; done
jpegtran -optimize -outfile temp.jpg <JPEG> && mv temp.jpg "$_"
2011-07-24 08:55:46
User: h3xx
Functions: mv
Tags: jpeg
0

You can also save EXIF information by copying it to temp.jpg:

jpegtran -optimize -outfile temp.jpg <JPEG> && jhead -te temp.jpg "$_" && mv temp.jpg "$_"
find . -iname "*.mp3" -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -I '{}' mv {} /new/path/to/mp3/{}
2011-07-18 05:28:32
User: paulochf
Functions: find mv xargs
2

Use case: folder with flac files with tree structure ../artist/album/number-title.flac

1) convert flac->mp3 in the same folder: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/6341/convert-all-.flac-from-a-folder-subtree-in-192kb-mp3

2) search for mp3 files and recreate tree structure to another path: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/8853/copy-selected-folder-found-recursively-under-src-retaining-the-structure

3) move all mp3 files to that new folder: this command

for file in *; do mv -v "$file" "$(sed 's/ //g' <(echo $file))"; done
2011-07-10 21:08:31
User: laebshade
Functions: file mv
1

This is a better version, as it does no command piping, uses for instead of while loops, which allows for a list of files in the current working directory to be natively processed. It also uses the -v/verbose option with mv to let you know what the command is doing.

While the command does exactly the same in a better way, I would modify the sed option to replace spaces with underscores instead, or dashes.

Please note that you'll receive errors with this command as it tries to rename files that don't even have spaces.

This is an alternative to: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/8761/renames-all-files-in-the-current-directory-such-that-the-new-file-contains-no-space-characters.

find ./ $1 -name "* *" | while read a ; do mv "${a}" "${a//\ /_}" ; done
rf() { for i in "$@"; do mv "$i" "$(pwgen 8 1).${i##*.}"; done }
2011-06-22 07:45:23
User: flatcap
Functions: mv
2

Give files a random name (don't ask why :-)

The function will rename files but maintain their extensions.

BUG: If a file doesn't have an extension it will end up with a dot at the end of the name.

The parameter '8' for pwgen controls the length of filenames - eight random characters.