Recursive replace of directory and file names in the current directory.

find -name '*oldname*' -print0 | xargs -0 rename 's/oldname/newname/'
This is better than doing a "for `find ...`; do ...; done", if any of the returned filenames have a space in them, it gets mangled. This should be able to handle any files. Of course, this only works if you have rename installed on your system, so it's not a very portable command.

2009-07-27 00:44:06

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the rename command you are using comes with the perl package, at least under debian/ubuntu. Using xargs is unnecessary here, just use the -exec {} + option of find which does as xargs does: find . -name '*oldname*' -exec prename 's/oldname/newname/' {} + then you can avoid fooling around with the -print0|xargs -0
bwoodacre · 680 weeks and 6 days ago
without xargs mabe cause Stack Overflow with xargs fastest and never generate stack overflow with exec find perform action for each file in list
voyeg3r · 645 weeks 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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