help with a 'while read' loop to change the names of files

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Old 03-01-2008
help with a 'while read' loop to change the names of files


I am new to scripting, so any help on this would be much appreciated.

I am trying to rename a bunch of files, taking the names sequentially from a list read in another file...

# ls oldnames

# cat names

I want the files to take on the names red yellow green as they are read line by line from the file "names"
cp oldnames/file_1 newnames/red
cp oldnames/file_2 newnames/yellow
cp oldnames/file_3 newnames/green

What I have tried (but doesn't work) -

#! /bin/bash
ls . |while read line
echo $line
cat names | while read xx
cp $line ../newnames/$xx


This creates new files but only copies the last entry from the ls to each of them Smilie

As you can see my scripting skills are not great - any ideas would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2008
to start with:
invoked from the parent old 'oldnames' direcotry. Assumes 'oldnames' and 'newnames' direcotries are SIBLINGS and the file 'names' resides in the parent of 'oldnames'.
Adjust to fit the actual requirement.
Good luck!

ls oldnames | while read old
   while read new
     cp oldnames/"${old}" newnames/"${new}"
   done < names

# 3  
Old 03-01-2008

ls $path | awk -v path=$path -v newpath=$newpath ' pass the variables path and newpath to awk
  # this "BEGIN" block will be executed first before any input record is processed
 q="\047"  # set variable q to contain the single quote
 while( (getline f < "names" ) > 0 ) { 
   # get the contents of "names" file, using f to store each line as the while loop iterates the file
   # then store the value of each line (f) to array "a". "c" is the index of the array
 close("names") # close the file
  # process the results of "ls" command, putting each file listed into array "b", and increment the index
 b[++d]=$0  # 
  # the below is done at the very end of processing the inputs.
  for ( i=1; i<=c;i++) {
    cmd="cp "q path"/"b[i] q" "q newpath"/"a[i]q
    print cmd
    #system(cmd) #uncomment to execute

Last edited by ghostdog74; 03-01-2008 at 11:04 PM..
# 4  
Old 03-01-2008
thanks guys I will give these a try - your help is much appreciated
# 5  
Old 03-01-2008
vgersh99 I tried tinkering with the script you gave me but still couldn't get it working - still struggle with basic scripting.

ghostdog74 - script worked a treat, I just wish I could understand what everything is doing

thanks again guys.
# 6  
Old 03-01-2008
reread the 'assumptions' and adjust the implemntation to fit the 'reality'.
# 7  
Old 03-01-2008
I think You would be helped with an array, assuming the number of files in oldnames is equal to the number of names in the list names. In bash it would be something like:

mkdir newnames
newname=($(< names))
for x in oldnames/*; do
cp $x newnames/${newname[$cnt]}

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