Easy Regex based mass renaming

ls /some/directory | sed -rn -e 's/input_file_regex/mv -v & output_file_name/p' | sh
Allows for quick mass renaming, assuming the user has some familiarity with regular expressions. Basically, it replaces the original_file_name in the output of ls with "mv -v original_file_name new_file_name" and passes the output to sh.
Sample Output
$ ls ~/manga/ | sed -rn -e 's/naruto_(...\.zip)/mv -v & \1/p' | sh
`naruto_431.zip' -> `431.zip'
`naruto_432.zip' -> `432.zip'
`naruto_433.zip' -> `433.zip'
`naruto_434.zip' -> `434.zip'

By: polar
2009-03-25 09:20:15

What Others Think

rename 's/regex/replacement/' files You can test your regex without doing the changes with the -n option.
unixmonkey2748 · 656 weeks and 3 days ago
@unixmonkey2748: This 'rename' you are using is not portable and not present in most of the OSes. And the 'rename' you are using is not the 'rename' in util-linux-ng.
jxy · 656 weeks and 2 days ago
@jxy if you have Perl installed, you have 'rename'.
atoponce · 656 weeks and 2 days ago
On my ubuntu system, rename is a symlink to prename, a perl script which uses (surprise) perl regular expression to do renaming. The util-linux rename command should still be available to invoke as 'rename.ul' Likewise, 'man rename.ul' will bring up the manpage for the util-linux rename.
bwoodacre · 656 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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