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Easy Regex based mass renaming

Terminal - Easy Regex based mass renaming
ls /some/directory | sed -rn -e 's/input_file_regex/mv -v & output_file_name/p' | sh
2009-03-25 09:20:15
User: polar
Functions: ls sed
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Easy Regex based mass renaming

Allows for quick mass renaming, assuming the user has some familiarity with regular expressions. Basically, it replaces the original_file_name in the output of ls with

"mv -v original_file_name new_file_name"

and passes the output to sh.

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rename 's/regex/replacement/' files

You can test your regex without doing the changes with the -n option.

Comment by unixmonkey2748 335 weeks and 3 days ago

@unixmonkey2748: This 'rename' you are using is not portable and not present in most of the OSes. And the 'rename' you are using is not the 'rename' in util-linux-ng.

Comment by jxy 335 weeks and 3 days ago

@jxy if you have Perl installed, you have 'rename'.

Comment by atoponce 335 weeks and 3 days ago

On my ubuntu system, rename is a symlink to prename, a perl script which uses (surprise) perl regular expression to do renaming. The util-linux rename command should still be available to invoke as 'rename.ul' Likewise, 'man rename.ul' will bring up the manpage for the util-linux rename.

Comment by bwoodacre 335 weeks and 3 days ago

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