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NAME         top

       rename - rename files

SYNOPSIS         top

       rename [options] expression replacement file...

DESCRIPTION         top

       rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first
       occurrence of expression in their name by replacement.

OPTIONS         top

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

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

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

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

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

EXAMPLES         top

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

              rename foo foo0 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         top

       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         top

              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         top


AVAILABILITY         top

       The rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available

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util-linux                        June 2011                        RENAME(1)