Batch File Rename with awk and sed

ls foo*.jpg | awk '{print("mv "$1" "$1)}' | sed 's/foo/bar/2' | /bin/sh

By: opexxx
2009-07-30 13:54:12

What Others Think

If you have the Perl 'rename' installed, you can use the already known: rename 's/foo/bar/' foo*.jpg
o6291408 · 599 weeks and 3 days ago
for file in foo*.jpg; do mv "$file" "${file/foo/bar}"; done
tanguyr · 599 weeks and 3 days ago
This is the *definition* of command-line-fu.
dfego · 599 weeks and 3 days ago
The util-linux-ng rename works nicely here too. At least in debian/ubuntu it is included by default and invoked explicitly as rename.ul: rename.ul foo bar *.jpg no quoting here, and the shell will expand *.jpg. If you needed to go recursive, in zsh and bash4.0 just replace *.jpg with **/*.jpg, otherwise find works for this: find . -name "foo*.jpg" -exec rename.ul foo bar {} + . Pretty soon I am going to start keeping a running count of how file-renaming submissions have been made here at commandlinefu.
bwoodacre · 599 weeks and 2 days ago
This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post! read more
xoheko1229 · 3 weeks and 6 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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