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Old 12-05-2005, 02:37 PM   #1
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Renaming files

Hello - This is a possibly tricky question.

I have downloaded a bunch of files with d4x into a folder. The files are not there! Actually they are all there, but instead of being foo.mpg they are .foo.mpg, and therefore hidden from konqueror. Now, how can I rename all of these at once?
Old 12-05-2005, 03:08 PM   #2
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Normally, you could use ls $dir but, you need to use ls -a $dir to get the hidden files.
Try it first and if it looks good, remove the echo from this line...
echo mv -v "$dir/$i" "$dir/$j"

Edit: I may as well beat everyone to shortening the sed.


   echo "Usage: $0 Directory_Name"
   exit 1;

test -d "$1" || usage

ls -a $dir | \
while read i; do
j=`echo -e "$i" | sed -e 's/^.//g'`
echo mv -v "$dir/$i" "$dir/$j"

Last edited by homey; 12-05-2005 at 03:19 PM.
Old 12-05-2005, 05:13 PM   #3
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I got the part about ls -la to see the files, but it really takes all that code to rename a bunch of files from .foo.mpg to foo.mpg?


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