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RENAME(1)                                 User Commands                                 RENAME(1)

NAME
       rename - rename files

SYNOPSIS
       rename [options] expression replacement file...

DESCRIPTION
       rename  will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence of expression in
       their name by replacement.

OPTIONS
       -s, --symlink
              Do not rename a symlink but its target.

       -v, --verbose
              Show which files where renamed, if any.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

EXAMPLES
       Given the files foo1, ..., foo9, foo10, ..., foo278, the commands

              rename foo foo0 foo?
              rename foo foo0 foo??

       will turn them into foo001, ..., foo009, foo010, ..., foo278.  And

              rename .htm .html *.htm

       will fix the extension of your html files.

WARNING
       The renaming has no safeguards.  If the user has permission to  rewrite  file  names,  the
       command  will  perform  the  action without any questions.  For example, the result can be
       quite drastic when the command is run as root in the /lib directory.  Always make a backup
       before running the command, unless you truly know what you are doing.

EXIT STATUS
              0      all requested rename operations were successful
              1      all rename operations failed
              2      some rename operations failed
              4      nothing was renamed
              64     unanticipated error occurred

SEE ALSO
       mv(1)

AVAILABILITY
       The  rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.ker‐
       nel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux                                  June 2011                                   RENAME(1)

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