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by Graham Williams
Duck Duck Go

Rename Files

20191229 The basic syntax of the rename command is:

$ rename [-n|-v] 's|<regexp>|<replacement>|' *   # s => substitute

Numerous examples of the command are illustrated throughout this chapter. Here's some more typical use cases:

# Rename backup versions using ~n~ style to numeric versions.
$ rename -n 's/.pdf.~([0-9]+)~/_$1.pdf/' *
rename(20201129_paper163.pdf.~2~, 20201129_paper163_2.pdf)

# Remove redundant final underscore.
$ rename -n 's/_\././' *
rename(20201129_paper163_.pdf, 20201129_paper163.pdf)

# Replace various symbols with underscore.
$ rename -n 's/[&:\(\)\[\]]/_/g' *

# Remove strings of underscores.
$ rename -n 's/__*/_/g' *

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