Batch File Renaming With Zsh
I recently discovered
zmv, a builtin feature of zsh that makes batch file renaming, a breeze.
To use it you need to add this to your zsh configuration file (
My blog contains several Markdown files with a
.markdown extension and I want to use
.md instead. Here is what the markdown files looks like.
ls **/*.markdown ./_drafts/2012-05-06-learning-ruby-and-ruby-on-rails.markdown ./_drafts/2015-07-19-welcome-to-jekyll.markdown ./_posts/2012-02-10-baked-with-octopress.markdown ./_posts/2015-08-15-batch-rename-files-with-zsh.markdown ./_posts/2015-08-15-octopress-3-0.markdown ./about/index.markdown ./contact/index.markdown
find . -name '*.markdown'.
This is where
zmv comes in handy to recursively change the extension from
.md. Once more the double stars
** match the current directory or whatever directory beneath it.
zmv '(**/)(*).markdown' '$1$2.md'
Voilà, the files are renamed!
ls **/*.md ./_drafts/2012-05-06-learning-ruby-and-ruby-on-rails.md ./_drafts/2015-07-19-welcome-to-jekyll.md ./_posts/2012-02-10-baked-with-octopress.md ./_posts/2015-08-15-batch-rename-files-with-zsh.md ./_posts/2015-08-15-octopress-3-0.md ./about/index.md ./contact/index.md
You can also use the
-n option to ask
zmv to print what it would do without actually doing it. This gives you an opportunity to check that everything is ok before running the command to prevent you from doing a lot of back and forth only because of a typo in the command ;-).
zmv -n '(**/)(*).markdown' '$1$2.md' mv -- _drafts/2012-05-06-learning-ruby-and-ruby-on-rails.markdown _drafts/2012-05-06-learning-ruby-and-ruby-on-rails.md mv -- _drafts/2015-07-19-welcome-to-jekyll.markdown _drafts/2015-07-19-welcome-to-jekyll.md mv -- _posts/2012-02-10-baked-with-octopress.markdown _posts/2012-02-10-baked-with-octopress.md mv -- _posts/2015-08-15-batch-rename-files-with-zsh.markdown _posts/2015-08-15-batch-rename-files-with-zsh.md mv -- _posts/2015-08-15-octopress-3-0.markdown _posts/2015-08-15-octopress-3-0.md mv -- about/index.markdown about/index.md mv -- contact/index.markdown contact/index.md
I only scratched the surface of this feature. If you want to read more I recommend you Seth Brown’s post.