RENAME(1) User Commands RENAME(1)
rename - rename files
rename [options] expression replacement file...
rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occur-
rence of expression in their name by replacement.
Do not rename a symlink but its target.
Show which files were renamed, if any.
Do not make any changes.
Do not overwrite existing files. When --symlink is active, do
not overwrite symlinks pointing to existing targets.
Display version information and exit.
Display help text and exit.
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
rename '_with_long_name' '' file_with_long_name.*
will remove the substring in the filenames.
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.
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
The rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available
util-linux June 2011 RENAME(1)