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Recursive replace of directory and file names in the current directory.

Terminal - Recursive replace of directory and file names in the current directory.
for i in `find -name '*oldname*'`; do "mv $i ${i/oldname/newname/}"; done
2009-07-26 21:58:16
User: 0x89
1
Recursive replace of directory and file names in the current directory.

no grep, no perl, no pipe.

even better in zsh/bash4:

for i in **/*oldname*; do "mv $i ${i/oldname/newname/}"; done

No find, no grep, no perl, no pipe

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . *oldname* | grep oldname | perl -p -e 's/^(.*)(oldname)(.*$)/mv $1$2$3 $1newname$3/' | sh
2009-07-26 01:22:24
User: pravus
Functions: find grep perl
1

This should work anywhere perl and grep is available. :P

find -name '*oldname*' -print0 | xargs -0 rename 's/oldname/newname/'
2009-07-27 00:44:06
Functions: find rename xargs
0

This is better than doing a "for `find ...`; do ...; done", if any of the returned filenames have a space in them, it gets mangled. This should be able to handle any files.

Of course, this only works if you have rename installed on your system, so it's not a very portable command.

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

how about this? no silly for loop, no backquoting:

find -name '*oldname*' -exec rename.ul oldname newname {} +

this uses the util-linux rename which is quite common. This will also be much faster if you're renaming many files.

Comment by bwoodacre 383 weeks and 6 days ago

Yup, rename is better, just not as portable.

Comment by 0x89 383 weeks ago

Your point of view

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