rename.ul(1)



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NAME
       rename - rename files

SYNOPSIS
       rename [options] expression replacement file...

DESCRIPTION
       rename  will  rename  the specified files by replacing the first occur-
       rence of expression in their name by replacement.

OPTIONS
       -s, --symlink
              Do not rename a symlink but its target.

       -v, --verbose
              Show which files were renamed, if any.

       -n, --no-act
              Do not make any changes.

       -o, --no-overwrite
              Do not overwrite existing files.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

EXAMPLES
       Given the files foo1, ..., foo9, foo10, ..., foo278, the commands

              rename foo foo00 foo?
              rename foo foo0 foo??

       will turn them into foo001, ..., foo009, foo010, ..., foo278.  And

              rename .htm .html *.htm

       will fix the extension of your html files.  Provide an empty string for
       shortening:

              rename '_with_long_name' '' file_with_long_name.*

       will remove the substring in the filenames.

WARNING
       The renaming has no safeguards except the --no-act option.  If the user
       has permission to rewrite file names,  the  command  will  perform  the
       action  without  any  questions.   For example, the result can be quite
       drastic when the command is run as root in the /lib directory.   Always
       make  a  backup  before running the command, unless you truly know what
       you are doing.

EXIT STATUS
              0      all requested rename operations were successful
              1      all rename operations failed
              2      some rename operations failed
              4      nothing was renamed
              64     unanticipated error occurred

SEE ALSO
       mv(1)

AVAILABILITY
       The rename command is part of the util-linux package and  is  available
       from https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux                         June 2011                         RENAME(1)

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