Rename all files which contain the sub-string 'foo', replacing it with 'bar'

for i in ./*foo*;do mv -- "$i" "${i//foo/bar}";done
That is an alternative to command 8368. Command 8368 is EXTREMELY NOT clever. 1) Will break also for files with spaces AND new lines in them AND for an empty expansion of the glob '*' 2) For making such a simple task it uses two pipes, thus forking. 3) xargs(1) is dangerous (broken) when processing filenames that are not NUL-terminated. 4) ls shows you a representation of files. They are NOT file names (for simple names, they mostly happen to be equivalent). Do NOT try to parse it. Why? see this :http://mywiki.wooledge.org/ParsingLs Recursive version: find . -depth -name "*foo*" -exec bash -c 'for f; do base=${f##*/}; mv -- "$f" "${f%/*}/${base//foo/bar}"; done' _ {} +
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Come on...

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By: RanyAlbeg
2011-04-30 14:26:05
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Just because a command has problems doesn't mean it's not clever.
eightmillion · 372 weeks and 3 days ago
I can see what you mean, but I disagree. Your clever is, by my terms, useless complexity. In fact, a properly constructed command is less complex. ls,sed and xargs does not indicate about anything but a waste of resources which is also dangerous.
RanyAlbeg · 372 weeks and 2 days ago
Hey If you're going to hate why don't you put the hate where it belongs: In the comments of my command instead of marring the beauty of your command?
windfold · 371 weeks and 3 days ago
Acutally, I take it back this command is better: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/8370/bulk-rename-files-with-sed-one-liner
windfold · 371 weeks and 3 days ago
rename you want the version by Larry Wall, comes installed with Ubuntu.
unixmonkey365 · 352 weeks and 5 days ago

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