Uniformly correct filenames in a directory

for i in *;do mv "$i" "$(echo $i | sed s/PROBLEM/FIX/g)";done
Useful if non-ascii characters in filenames have been improperly encoded. Replace "PROBLEM" with the incorrect characters (e.g. 'é'), and "FIX" with the correct ones (e.g. '?').

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2009-06-28 01:50:25

What Others Think

Nah! You don't need to use sed for that. Use bash's parameter expansion (search and replace on variables): for i in *; do mv "$i" "${i/PROBLEM/FIX}"; done
flatcap · 481 weeks and 5 days ago
Why not just use the 'rename' command? rename 's/PROBLEM/FIX/g' * man rename
jmcantrell · 481 weeks and 5 days ago
Thank you. I didn't use those methods because I didn't know about them. I'll be better prepared next time.
AlecSchueler · 481 weeks and 5 days ago
the rename invocation that jmcantrell has cited is for the prename command (usually symlinked from rename) which comes with perl, at least on my ubuntu system.
bwoodacre · 481 weeks and 4 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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