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rename files according to file with colums of corresponding names

Terminal - rename files according to file with colums of corresponding names
xargs -n 2 mv < file_with_colums_of_names
2010-12-27 18:06:15
User: Juluan
Functions: mv xargs
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rename files according to file with colums of corresponding names

Maybe simpler, but again, don't know how it will work with space in filename.

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Assuming you're separating source and destination names by tab characters, try this to avoid issues with spaces and such:

tr "\t\n" "\0" <file_with_columns_of_names | xargs --null -n 2 mv
Comment by tremby 295 weeks and 3 days ago

But it will build something like that :

mv my first filename my second filename

Maybe with -i and mv "{}" "{}" but i don't know enough xargs to be sure

And if someone know how to deal with that, because it often cause me trouble for something like that :

for file in *.xls ; do ...

( yes, xls, because only windows user will put space in filename and yes i'm trolling a little)

Because it will run badly with space. And i have never find a way to tell him to quote filename (it always end running with "my,first,filename").

Comment by Juluan 295 weeks and 2 days ago

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