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Old 03-08-2018, 12:14 PM   #1
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Bash - Remove multiple brackets and text inside it from filename


Hi all,

I have regular files renamed by a program which i can't alter the output of to correct my issue.

The output adds brackets "()" around the date it adds which i want to remove.

Now i'm currently using the following to remove them myself but when it comes across a file with 2 sets of brackets in the name it removes all the text between the first and second set of brackets.

Code:
for file in $to_watch/*; do mv "$file" "${file/ (*)/}"; done
so when this runs on a filename with a two sets of brackets it removes the text like the following example.

FROM: filename (2010) something (2).ext
TO: filename.ext

any ideas how i can get it to remove the two sets of brackets and keep the text between the two?
 
Old 03-08-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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Do you have the ' rename ' command installed in your system?
Code:
rename --version
 
Old 03-08-2018, 02:12 PM   #3
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heres something
tested
Code:
userx@slackwhere101:~/changename
$ ls
myscrewyfile(1234)hello(2).tx


$ myfile=$(ls .) ; bo=${myfile//(} ; do=${bo//)} ; mv $myfile $do


$ ls
myscrewyfile1234hello2.tx

Last edited by BW-userx; 03-08-2018 at 03:01 PM.
 
Old 03-08-2018, 03:53 PM   #4
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Or you could enable extglob to do pattern list match
Code:
shopt -s extglob
for file in $to_watch/*; do mv "$file" "${file//+(\(|\))}"; done
 
Old 03-15-2018, 04:23 AM   #5
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thanks guys, will test when i can. my machines died at the moment so can't fully test.
 
Old 03-15-2018, 05:02 AM   #6
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Code:
for file in $to_watch/*; do mv "$file" "${file// \(*\)/}"; done
twice the slash in order to do glob
 
Old 03-15-2018, 07:21 AM   #7
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That will remove text between the parentheses
 
  


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