quickly rename a file

mv filename.{old,new}

By: leonza99
2009-03-02 02:28:55

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That's one of the best commands ever!
lonecat · 648 weeks and 3 days ago
It is but note - only works in BASH. Also, same can be used for cp, mkdir and most other file operations.
kernel01 · 428 weeks ago
zirubak · 335 weeks and 5 days ago
I use, Batch Rename Files Tool. You can easily found hier BatchRenameFiles.org that allows you to quickly rename all the files in a specified directory.
jonathan987 · 212 weeks and 6 days ago
Great tip. Here is something I add to large bash scripts as part of an installer or upgrade script. mv original.txt{,_$(date +%F)} So the file changes from: original.txt to: original.txt_2018-07-18
Ryangillan · 170 weeks and 6 days ago

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