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# 1  
Old 08-15-2009
rename direcories recusively

Hi everone

I need to rename my directory tree. I want to define the renaming by regular expressions so i am free to what ever I like to do.

how would I rename an path like this one:




I tried this one, but it does not realy work:
for f in `find $1 -type d`; do
echo $f
g=`expr "$f" : '\(.*\)' | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'`
mv "$f" "$g"

thank you already Smilie
# 2  
Old 08-15-2009
g=`expr "$f" : '\(.*\)' | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'`

you can try replacing this line with
g=$(echo "$f" | tr [A-Z] [a-z])

# 3  
Old 08-15-2009
still this does not work.
it needs to run recursively BUT have the perviously renamed directory name on hand.
if it does not have the "new" name it will not -find- it in the next renaming step.

any ideas?
# 4  
Old 08-15-2009
EDIT: The code has been modified so only the child directory is modified.
Here is a sh script that will surely work:

cat /dev/null > tmp
for f in $(find -type d); do
  echo "$f" >> tmp

cat /dev/null > tmp2
while read line; do
  depth=$(echo "$line" | grep -o "/" | wc -l)
  echo "$depth|$line" >> tmp2
done < tmp

sort -nr tmp2 > tmp
while read line; do
  folder=$(echo "$line" | cut -d'|' -f2)
    child=$(echo ${folder##*/} | tr [A-Z] [a-z])
  newfolder=$(echo "$parent/$child")
  echo mv "$folder" "$newfolder"
done < tmp

exit 0

It's a bit hackish but the trick is to rename deeper directories first
- The first block of code creates a tmp file containing what find finds
- The second block calculates the depth of the directories and writes to tmp2, for each directory, a line in the form "5|/path/to/the/direc/tory". Then the file is sorted so deeper directory are first in the file tmp
- The third block actually rename each child directory with a pattern of choice
Remove the echo on the last line in the third loop to rename the files

I hope you'll find this script useful!

Last edited by tukuyomi; 08-15-2009 at 05:41 PM..
# 5  
Old 08-15-2009
i will try your script in a minute...

here is what I came up with...

but i can not "cd" in the for loop.(the commented line in function stepin)..any ideas?



function list(){
# lists all directories on the current level
for f in `find ./ -type d`; do echo $f; done | cut -d / -f 1,2 | uniq | tail -n +2

function rename(){
# renames all directories on this level
# then calls "stepin" which moves on directorylevel deeper
for l in `list`
    n=`echo $l | sed "s/${FROM}/${TO}/g"`
    if [ "$l" != "$n" ];then
        echo "RENAMING:        " $l " --> " $n
        mv $l $n
        echo ""

function stepin(){
# lists all directories on the current level to "cd" into them
# from here "one level deeper" rename does his job again
echo "stepping in..."
#for s in `list`; do echo "next dir is: "$s "it contains"; ls -l $s; done
for s in `list`; do echo "next dir is: "$s "it contains"; ls -l $s; cd $s; rename; done

echo "OLD"; list; echo "OLD_END"
echo "NEW"; list; echo "NEW_END"

thank you so much Smilie
# 6  
Old 08-16-2009
I added a bit of code next to your for s in `list` loop to go back to the parent directory, so ls and cd won't fail.
#At the top of the script

#your script....

for s in `list`; do echo "next dir is: "$s "it contains"; ls -l $s; cd $s; rename; done; 
cd ..
#Do not go back more than the working directory
if [ "$PWD" = "$CURRDIR" ]; then exit 0; fi

# 7  
Old 08-16-2009
thank you so much ...
it took me a night and your help...but now it s working.
but onestly...i realy need you to explain to me what your lines do?

cd ..

moeves on directory backwards so from /home/user to /home
but don't I want to move forward?! at least that is waht the function "stepin" is supposed to do" so e.g. /home/user/ to /home/user/direcorty_in_home

this is twisted..sorry I dont get it....could you PELASE comment so I get out this with having learned something?!

Smilie thank you

---------- Post updated at 07:03 AM ---------- Previous update was at 06:52 AM ----------

tested it ...still not working all the way
see the underscores in "level_2, level_3 and level_4" of the first directory?

I am tired...why is it not working Smilie

this explains it all...Image
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