replace strings in file names

rename 's/foo/bar/g' foobar
Uses vi style search / replace in bash to rename files. Works with regex's too (I use the following a script to fixup / shorten file names): # Remove complete parenthetical/bracket/brace phrases rename 's/\(.*\)//g' * rename 's/\[.*\]//g' * rename 's/\{.*\}//g' *
Sample Output
xxxx@xxxx:~/tmp$ ls -l
total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxx xxx 0 2010-08-18 22:29 foobar
xxxx@xxxx:~/tmp$ rename 's/foo/bar/g' foobar 
xxxx@xxxx:~/tmp$ ls -l
total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxx xxx 0 2010-08-18 22:29 barbar

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2010-08-19 03:33:13

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What Others Think

Which rename can do this? On Fedora 13, "man rename" says nothing about regexp, only plain text replacements. which rename /usr/bin/rename rename --version rename (util-linux-ng 2.17.2) man rename SYNOPSIS rename from to file... rename -V DESCRIPTION rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence of _from_ in their name by _to_.
sklm · 430 weeks and 4 days ago
Right, it wouldn't have that in the rename command. The ability to do the search/replace using regex's is actually a function of the bash shell, which uses the sed style syntax and is handled during the globbing / expansion process.
unixmonkey11428 · 430 weeks and 4 days ago
I thought rename was a perl script that took a regex and a list of file names as argiments.
kaedenn · 430 weeks and 4 days ago
I think you're right kaedenn: rename -v Usage: rename [-v] [-n] [-f] perlexpr [filenames] cat $(which rename) | head -n 1 #!/usr/bin/perl -w
cicatriz · 430 weeks and 4 days ago
Yup, you guys are correct, it is a perl script, and is taking a perl regex. My bad on that...
unixmonkey11428 · 430 weeks and 4 days ago

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