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Posted on 2011-03-07
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Hello does anyone know a command I can use to do a bulk rename of muiltiple files that contain different exentions. Basically I want to take:

12343434.sdflk

and rename 12343434

The fille names vary but the extension is 5 digits long. All i want to do is take a the files in the directory and rename them without the 5 digit exstension. This is driving me nuts Help!
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Question by:dthomas13
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by:CompProbSolv
ID: 35062471
In DOS or Windows, the following would do the trick:
ren *.* *.
I would bet that the Linux command is similar.
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by:steveclough
ID: 35062595
Linux Shell script to rename files

#!/bin/bash
# To remove blank space
if [ $# -eq 0 ];
then
 echo "Syntax: $(basename $0) file-name [command]"
 exit 1
fi
FILES=$1
CMD=$2
for i in $FILES
do
# remove all blanks and store them OUT
OUT=$(echo $i | sed 's/  *//g')
if [ "$CMD" == "" ];
then
#just show file
echo $OUT
else
#else execute command such as mv or cp or rm
[ "$i" != "$OUT" ] && $($CMD  "$i"  "$OUT")
fi
done
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farzanj earned 2000 total points
ID: 35062660
Go to the directory and run the following

files=$(ls)

for file in $files
do
     mv $file ${file%.*}
done
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by:dthomas13
ID: 35062739
At Steve, this script only removes blank spaces. The files do not contain any blank spaces:

I just want to rename:

apple.12345

to

apple

The script you pasted does not work.
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by:dthomas13
ID: 35062777
farranj:

I get the following error:

mv: `438DF44DB7' and `438DF44DB7' are the same file

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by:farzanj
ID: 35062810
You probably had a file without any extension.  In that case this would happen.  These commands work for files with this kind of extension, which is the assumption.

Did you receive only one error message?  Are the rest of files converted?
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by:dthomas13
ID: 35062833
Hey IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!
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by:farzanj
ID: 35062853
Try this.  This would take care of files that don't have any extension
files=$(ls)

for file in $files
do
     if [[ $file != ${file.*}
     then
         mv  -f $file ${file%.*}
     fi
done

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