rename files according to file with colums of corresponding names

xargs -n 2 mv < file_with_colums_of_names
Maybe simpler, but again, don't know how it will work with space in filename.

By: Juluan
2010-12-27 18:06:15

What Others Think

Assuming you're separating source and destination names by tab characters, try this to avoid issues with spaces and such: tr "\t\n" "\0" <file_with_columns_of_names | xargs --null -n 2 mv
tremby · 599 weeks and 5 days ago
But it will build something like that : mv my first filename my second filename Maybe with -i and mv "{}" "{}" but i don't know enough xargs to be sure And if someone know how to deal with that, because it often cause me trouble for something like that : for file in *.xls ; do ... ( yes, xls, because only windows user will put space in filename and yes i'm trolling a little) Because it will run badly with space. And i have never find a way to tell him to quote filename (it always end running with "my,first,filename").
Juluan · 599 weeks and 5 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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