How to cut out first last n characters from each file name, from a filelist How to cut out first n characters from a list of filenames / remove first three characters from a list of filenames / How to cut out last n characters from a list of filenames / remove last three characters from a list of filenames
Removing the first three characters from each file from a filelist
$ touch kkt.asdf $ touch tre.gsew $ touch oir.acr $ ls -a kkt.asdf oir.acr tre.gsew
At this point, the files are created in the curent working directory. Following command will list all files and, for each file, a new variable ($file_new) will take the value of the name of the file, without the last three characters:
$ ls | while read file; do file_new=`echo "$file" | sed 's/...\(.*\)/\1/g'`; mv "$file" "$file_new"; done
and now, that all files were renamed (moved) so that the first three characters were removed:
$ ls -a . .. .acr .asdf .gsew
(the order has changed because it is alphabetical)
P.S.: I advise you to test this before you try it AND carefull if you run it as root (and where you run it).
P.S.2: it can be modified so that it handles files in other directory than CWD and it can also be modified to remove the last three...four... characters.
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