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Old 08-09-2011
Renaming folders all at a time

I have a set of folders like Jan1st, Jan2nd, Jan3rd... and so on.
I need to rename them to Jan1st2010,Jan2nd2010 .... and so on at one shot.
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Old 08-09-2011
Try this:
find /path/to/your/dirs/ -type d -name "Jan*" | xargs rename -n 's/$/2010/'

It will not do anything, just tell you what it would do. Then, if you like what you see, just take out the -n switch, and it will do the renaming. Like this:
find /path/to/your/dirs/ -type d -name "Jan*" | xargs rename 's/$/2010/'

Note that you will have to do the 'rename' utility, that uses perl regex's. If you type 'rename' and see something like this:
$ rename
Usage: rename [-v] [-n] [-f] perlexpr [filenames]

You are good to go. Otherwise try to invoke 'prename' instead of rename.
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Old 08-10-2011

But rename will not work with folders I guessSmilie
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Old 08-11-2011
$ ls -1d Jan* | awk ' { print "mv "$0" "$0"2010" } ' | sh

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Old 08-11-2011
Originally Posted by realspirituals
But rename will not work with folders I guessSmilie
It does on my linux box. What system are you on?
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