RENAME(1) User Commands RENAME(1)
rename – rename files
rename [options] expression replacement file…
rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occur‐
rence of expression in their name by replacement.
Do not rename a symlink but its target.
Show which files where renamed, if any.
Display version information and exit.
Display help text and exit.
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.
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.
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
The rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available
util-linux June 2011 RENAME(1)