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Batch File Rename with awk and sed

Terminal - Batch File Rename with awk and sed
ls foo*.jpg | awk '{print("mv "$1" "$1)}' | sed 's/foo/bar/2' | /bin/sh
2009-07-30 13:54:12
User: opexxx
Functions: awk ls sed
Batch File Rename with awk and sed


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If you have the Perl 'rename' installed, you can use the already known:

rename 's/foo/bar/' foo*.jpg
Comment by cammarin 356 weeks and 1 day ago
for file in foo*.jpg; do mv "$file" "${file/foo/bar}"; done
Comment by tanguyr 356 weeks and 1 day ago

This is the *definition* of command-line-fu.

Comment by dfego 356 weeks and 1 day ago

The util-linux-ng rename works nicely here too. At least in debian/ubuntu it is included by default and invoked explicitly as rename.ul:

rename.ul foo bar *.jpg

no quoting here, and the shell will expand *.jpg. If you needed to go recursive, in zsh and bash4.0 just replace *.jpg with **/*.jpg, otherwise find works for this:

find . -name "foo*.jpg" -exec rename.ul foo bar {} +


Pretty soon I am going to start keeping a running count of how file-renaming submissions have been made here at commandlinefu.

Comment by bwoodacre 356 weeks ago

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