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Old 08-21-2009
rename file


Can anyone help me in adding a timestamp to a filename before the extension
for ex if I have a file name abc.txt , I need to rename it to abc.yyyymmddsshhmm.txt

any help appriciated

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Old 08-21-2009
mv abc.txt `date "+%Y%m%d%H%M%S"`abc.txt

That's all ?
# 3  
Old 08-21-2009
Originally Posted by antointoronto

Can anyone help me in adding a timestamp to a filename before the extension
for ex if I have a file name abc.txt , I need to rename it to abc.yyyymmddsshhmm.txt

mv "$file" "${file%.*}.$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S)${file##*.}"

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Old 08-21-2009
$ ls -l abc*
-rw-r--r--    1 scripter     scripterworld          0 Aug 21 23:26 abc.txt
$ FILENAME=abc.txt
$ mv abc.txt `echo ${FILENAME} | cut -d "." -f1`.`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`.`echo ${FILENAME} | cut -d "." -f2`
$ ls -l abc*
-rw-r--r--    1 scripter     scripterworld          0 Aug 21 23:26 abc.20090821232635.txt

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Old 08-21-2009
cfajohnson's solution is super cool in a Posix shell. solution does not deal with many common situations (incl. filenames containing space characters).

A similar approach to inserting the date in a filename:

TIMESTAMP="$(date '+%Y%m%d%H%M%S')"
FILENAME_ROOT="$(basename ${FILENAME} .txt)"

We have all ignored yyyymmddsshhmm.txt because placing "ss" before
"hhmm" is not sensible.
# 6  
Old 08-23-2009
Originally Posted by methyl
cfajohnson's solution is super cool in a Posix shell.

The POSIX shell is the standard Unix shell. For a few versions of Unix, it may not be in /bin/sh (though very few don't have it there), but all will have one.

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