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Build a Renaming Script [closed]

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The rename tool is extremely non-portable; there is almost nothing in common between the RHEL/CentOS/Fedora family version of rename and the version found on Ubuntu or Debian.

I wrote an answer giving example usage for both versions of rename a while back.

You haven’t said what OS you’re using, so it’s hard to be very specific—and since this is homework, you should do some work on it yourself so I will not spell out the answer even if you say which OS.

However, a couple of tips:

  • sed operates on the contents of a text file; it does not change the name of a file and certainly not the name of a directory. It cannot be used for that, and that’s why you get errors from the command you wrote.
  • You are on the correct track with your find command.
  • I suggest you look up the -name and -iname operators for find as they may come in handy (you don’t need to try to rename files that don’t match the given pattern).
  • Using -exec with rename (the appropriate version for your OS) is probably the easiest/best solution for this.

You can use the rename tool. An example of this use case is:

rename section chapter *

Or in your case, you would probably pipe the output of find.

find . -type d -print | xargs rename section chapter

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