Take current directory name and rename files that exist in the folder to the same

dir=${PWD##*/}; rename "s/`ls -b1 | head -n1 | sed 's/.\{4\}$//'`/$dir/" -v *
I use this on Debian to rename files that exist in directories but do not have the year in the file name. The directory has the year but the files inside don't. How I explain how this runs: The dir variable grabs the name of the folder. Using rename, substitute the name of the first file and remove the extension, then rename it to the directory name. To test this before you run it, change -v to -vn.
Sample Output
root@hostname:/mnt/Throne Of Blood (1957)# ls -b
Throne\ Of\ Blood.mp4  Throne\ Of\ Blood.srt
root@hostname:/mnt/Throne Of Blood (1957)# dir=${PWD##*/}; rename "s/`ls -b1 | head -n1 | sed 's/.\{4\}$//'`/$dir/" -v *
Throne Of Blood.mp4 renamed as Throne Of Blood (1957).mp4
Throne Of Blood.srt renamed as Throne Of Blood (1957).srt

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By: codycook
2014-07-08 03:20:04

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