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Old 12-23-2005, 03:21 PM   #1
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renaming files

Hey guys, I downloaded a bunch of stuff with d4x, and it saved them all beginning with a dot.


Last time I tried renaming them, (about 50 of them) I did something like # mv .* * and ended up deleting all my files. I was seriously mad at myself for a week. What is the way to take some .file.extension and move them to file.extension with a single command?
Old 12-23-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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Cannot think of a command persay. A simple script can do this but I am terrible at scripting. If nothing happens in a couple of days you might post a similiar topic under the programming section. I use Krename from KDE to do things like you want.

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See "man rename" (no quotes). The rename commandwill do what you want, e.g.

rename . '' .[a-zA-Z0-9]*
You might want to make a backup copy of the files first, just in case!
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I'd been trying to come up with something using rename, but I got stuck using ? as a wildcard. Nice sollution!
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Oh good call! What I discovered in the meantime was a slick way to do it in windows with a little program.. good program, bad os. Thanx for the rename command - just what I needed!


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