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Hello all, thanks for your time (and this forum, what an awesome resource for newbs like myself!)

Anyways, I've been given the task of importing content from a directory of about...7000 HTML files. They are all named appropriately and broken down by name depending on what book they belong too.

For example, say I have the book "my-book" the files are named:

my-book-pagenumber-1.html
my-book-pagenumber-2.html
my-book-pagenumber-3.html
...etc.

Of course, and you probably saw this coming, a problem arises when you get to those with pages higher than 10. I'm seeing.

my-book-pagenumber-1.html
my-book-pagenumber-10.html
my-book-pagenumber-11.html
my-book-pagenumber-12.html
my-book-pagenumber-2.html
my-book-pagenumber-3.html
...etc.

Is there anyway I can just do a find/replace on the entire directory and specify the criteria? Thats the easiest way I could think of for now...doing something like.

FIND "-pagenumber-1." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-001."
FIND "-pagenumber-2." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-002."
FIND "-pagenumber-11." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-011."

Is this possible out of the gates through a command in Terminal? Or maybe there's a script or program I could download to do this for me?

I really appreciate any of the help! Smilie
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Originally Posted by gratefulhokie
Hello all, thanks for your time (and this forum, what an awesome resource for newbs like myself!)

Anyways, I've been given the task of importing content from a directory of about...7000 HTML files. They are all named appropriately and broken down by name depending on what book they belong too.

For example, say I have the book "my-book" the files are named:

my-book-pagenumber-1.html
my-book-pagenumber-2.html
my-book-pagenumber-3.html
...etc.

Of course, and you probably saw this coming, a problem arises when you get to those with pages higher than 10. I'm seeing.

my-book-pagenumber-1.html
my-book-pagenumber-10.html
my-book-pagenumber-11.html
my-book-pagenumber-12.html
my-book-pagenumber-2.html
my-book-pagenumber-3.html
...etc.

Is there anyway I can just do a find/replace on the entire directory and specify the criteria? Thats the easiest way I could think of for now...doing something like.

FIND "-pagenumber-1." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-001."
FIND "-pagenumber-2." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-002."
FIND "-pagenumber-11." and REPLACE WITH "-pagenumber-011."

Is this possible out of the gates through a command in Terminal? Or maybe there's a script or program I could download to do this for me?

I really appreciate any of the help! Smilie
Code:
perl -wl -e 'foreach $file (glob "*.html"){
my $newfile=$file;
$newfile=~s/-([0-9])\./-00$1\./ and rename $file,$newfile and next;
$newfile=~s/-([0-9]{2})\./-0$1\./ and rename $file,$newfile;
}'

Enjoy,
Regards.

Gaurav.
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Hello,

I dint get any reply on your part. Did it work out?

Regards,
gaurav.
# 4  
Gaurav,

Where do i enter that? at unix command?
# 5  
hi,

migrate to the directory where the files are.
then execute the command at the shell prompt.
It wouuld work.

regards,
gaurav
# 6  
gaurav,

I migrate to the directory, then execute the command.

It looks as if it works, as after about a second, it just brings me back to the command (no errors output, or anything)

however when I run 'ls' on the directory, it doesnt appear to have changed any files nor do I see any new ones.

Any ideas?
# 7  
Hello,

Thats strange . Considering I checked it on my box and it worked perfectly a/c to the problem stated by you in the thread.
 

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