[Solved] Writing a loop to changing the names of files in a directory

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[Solved] Writing a loop to changing the names of files in a directory


I would like to write a loop to change the names of files in a directory. The files are called data1.txt through data1000.txt. I'd like to change their names to a1.txt through a1000.txt. How do I go about doing that? Thanks!
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Not to repeat myself and some others, but....
Where exactly are you stuck with what's needed?
Surely with the 140+ posts, you should have a skeleton...
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try this...

for i in {1..1000}
mv data$i.txt a$i.txt


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