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Numeric zero padding file rename

Terminal - Numeric zero padding file rename
rename 's/\d+/sprintf("%04d",$&)/e' *.jpg
2011-05-01 20:50:36
User: eightmillion
Functions: rename
Numeric zero padding file rename

This uses Perl's rename utility (you may have to call it as prename on your box) and won't choke on spaces or other characters in filenames. It will also zero pad a number even in filenames like "vacation-4.jpg".


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Terminal - Alternatives
ls *.jpg | awk -F'.' '{ printf "%s %04d.%s\n", $0, $1, $2; }' | xargs -n2 mv
2011-05-01 13:32:58
User: hute37
Functions: awk ls printf xargs
Tags: awk mv xargs

rename file name with fixed length nomeric format pattern

for i in $(seq -w 0 100) ; do mv prefix$(( 10#$i )).jpg prefix${i}.jpg ; done

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This command does not work unless you have your 'rename' command aliased to the perl script that comes with the Debian 'perl' package.

Unless you're using Debian or a derivative, you're more likely to have the 'rename' command described here: http://linux.die.net/man/1/rename

Comment by Mozai 285 weeks and 4 days ago

This one is really useful, and found its way in my .bash_aliases .

(the *.jpg replaced with $@ obviously...)

Comment by joedhon 285 weeks and 4 days ago

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