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shell find and replace

Hi,

I am trying to to a seemingly easy task but seem to do it wrong. I wonder if someone can give me some assistance on this.

I simply like to find a file and replace it. I looked in google and there are several examples but it seems they are only concerned to rename extensions so somehow I can not make it work.

What I try to do is to rename the file ".something" to ".anything" across a specified directory and the sup directories within it.

I would be very happy if someone could assist me on what command to us. I run CentOS 6 Linux.

Best wishes,
thom
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Thomas
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Thomas
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arnoldCommented:
Find /path -name "*.something" | grep "somedirectory" | while read a; do
b=^' echo $a | sed -e 's/(^.*)\.something$/$1.anything/' ^'
Echo "mv $a $b"
Done
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TintinCommented:
for file in $(find /start/dir -type f -name "*.something")
do
  mv $file ${file%%.something}.anything
done

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ThomasPartnerAuthor Commented:
Thank you both. Both solutions work fine but I like the simplicity of the second.
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