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Terminal - Commands using mv - 175 results
alias rn='mkdir -p ~/.rm`pwd`; mv -v -f --backup=t -t ~/.rm`pwd` "$@"'
sudo apt-get install git gcc make libx11-dev libxtst-dev pkg-config -y && git clone https://github.com/hanschen/ksuperkey.git && cd ksuperkey && make && sudo mv ksuperkey /usr/bin/ksuperkey && cd ~ && rm -rf ksuperkey
2013-04-17 07:12:46
User: FadeMind
Functions: cd gcc install make mv rm sudo

Install Ksuperkey one command in Kubuntu.

You must manually add ksuperkey to autostart in System Settings KDE.

count='1'; for i in *.jpg; do mv $i $(printf '%01d'.jpg $count); (( count++ )); done
2013-02-20 06:38:25
User: lalanza808
Functions: mv printf

The '1' in '%01d' changes the amounts of digits in the integer, eg. 1 vs 0001.

for i in $(seq -w 0 100) ; do mv prefix$(( 10#$i )).jpg prefix${i}.jpg ; done
for i in `find -name '*_test.rb'` ; do mv $i ${i%%_test.rb}_spec.rb ; done
2012-10-09 14:08:38
User: olopopo
Functions: mv

Renames all files ending in "_test.rb" to "_spec.rb"

rename(){ txtToReplace=${1} ; replacementTxt=${2} ; shift 2 ; files=${@} ; for file in $files ; do mv ${file} ${file/${txtToReplace}/${replacementTxt}} ; done ; }
2012-10-03 17:03:29
Functions: file mv rename shift

Implementation of `rename` for systems on which I don't have access to it.

for f in *; do fn=`echo $f | sed 's/\(.*\)\.\([^.]*\)$/\1\n\2/;s/\./-/g;s/\n/./g'`; mv $f $fn; done
2012-09-29 02:10:00
Functions: mv sed

This command can rename all files in a folder changing all the dots in the filename for dashes, but respecting the final dot for the extension.

touch -t 201208211200 first ; touch -t 201208220100 last ; find /path/to/files/ -newer first ! -newer last | xargs -ifile mv -fv file /path/to/destination/ ; rm first; rm last;
2012-08-22 09:51:40
User: ktopaz
Functions: file find last mv rm touch xargs

touch -t 201208211200 first ; touch -t 201208220100 last ;

creates 2 files: first & last, with timestamps that the find command should look between:

201208211200 = 2012-08-21 12:00

201208220100 = 2012-08-22 01:00

then we run find command with "-newer" switch, that finds by comparing timestamp against a reference file:

find /path/to/files/ -newer first ! -newer last

meaning: find any files in /path/to/files that are newer than file "first" and not newer than file "last"

pipe the output of this find command through xargs to a move command:

| xargs -ifile mv -fv file /path/to/destination/

and finally, remove the reference files we created for this operation:

rm first; rm last;

ls | grep -Ze ".*rar" | xargs -d '\n' -I {} mv {} backup-folder
2012-08-06 09:07:03
User: crisboot
Functions: grep ls mv xargs

In the example suppose we want to move all *.rar files in the current folder to a backupfolder

or i in `seq 1 12| tac` ; do mv access_log.{$i,$((i+1))}.gz ; done
2012-06-13 17:46:37
User: fobriste
Functions: mv

Edit as necessary. Should match the logs and the number should be least, greatest.

function rjust_file_nums() {for i in *.ogg; do; mv $i `ruby -e "print ARGV.first.gsub(/\d+/){|d| d.rjust($1,'0')}" $i`; done}
2012-05-19 15:41:06
User: timrand
Functions: mv

each number in a file name gets expanded to the number of digets provided as arg_1 of the arguments in rjust_file_nums. Put the funciton in the .bashrc file. Be sure to $ source ~/.bashrc so that the function will be accessible from bash.

function rjust_file_nums(){for i in *.ogg; do; mv $i `ruby -e "print ARGV.first.gsub(/\d+/){|d| d.rjust($1,'0')}" $i`; done }
2012-05-19 15:39:39
User: timrand
Functions: mv

each number in a file name gets expanded to the number of digets provided as arg_1 of the arguments in rjust_file_nums. Put the funciton in the .bashrc file. Be sure to $ source ~/.bashrc so that the function will be accessible from bash.

for i in [0-9].ogg; do mv {,0}$i; done
2012-05-18 18:02:26
User: zoke
Functions: mv

This only includes files with numbers.

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

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













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

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

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

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

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

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

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