Rename a long list of files

Posted on 2004-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I need to rename a long list of files (approximately 2500 files).  These files are in a directory with thousands of other important files.  The filenames are formatted in this manner:


Where 'ABCD.EFGHIJ' are varialble alpha characters.  YYYYMMDD.HHMMSS is the time/date stamp.  The time/date stamp represents when the file was created.  I need all files which were created on April 1, 2004 between the hours of 1300 and 1800 (not beyond 1800).  Also, I need to remove the .checked extension from each file.

Question by:bradjensen
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ID: 10835482
for i in `ls ABCD.*|grep 20040401|grep -E "13|14|15|16|17"`
x=`echo $i|cut -c1-27`
mv $i $x

 Note that 'ABCD.' must be a stardard.
 I would advice you to test it by replacing the 'mv $i $x'  for
 'ls $x'.  
 Once you find out the files are those you really want, then
 run with 'mv $i $x'.

Accepted Solution

bira earned 125 total points
ID: 10835524
little bug above.
use this

for i in `ls ABCD.*|grep 20040401|grep -E ".13|.14|.15|.16|.17"`
x=`echo $i|cut -c1-27`
mv $i $x

Author Comment

ID: 10835670
Perfect.  That works well.  Thanks bira!

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