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I have a batch of files that have the following pattern:
[variable length name] # ABC.ABC
[variable length name] can be anything, that need to remain unchanged.
I need to mass rename all of these files to remove the " # ABC" portion.
I've been trying to work with perl expressions but guess I haven't gotten it right. Could use some help.
Here are some of the patterns I've tried:
# rename 's/ # ABC\.ABC$/\.ABC/ *.ABC'
# rename 's/. # ABC$/ /' *.ABC
... and a various other attempts.
PS - If you're using Bash4 (I don't know if 3.x can do it) you can do this without the sed, just by using shell variable substitution; I haven't played with that much yet (I'm stuck in my ways) so didn't suggest it; other members are more versed in the newer shell features and can give you better advice on that when they come around (or you can check out the bash man page).
(I'm replying with my cell, so grammar may be problematic.)
I am using 'rename'. I cited examples in my first post, but here are more filename examples:
My file # 123.ABC
Your file # 123.ABC
Note the ' # 123' is what I need to remove. I need to keep the .ABC at the end.
At least you got what you needed accomplished by whichever means.
Honestly, I should look into simpler means of doing things sometimes -- but what the heck, the more ways we have to choose from, the better!
P.S> there was another thread within the last few weeks, where someone was trying to use `rename` and it became apparent that `rename` may or may not exist on some machines, and may or may not be the SAME `rename` as it is on other machines. Just something to keep in mind, in case it one day doesn't work on some machine you happen to be using.
Last edited by GrapefruiTgirl; 03-16-2010 at 04:21 PM.