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  1. #1
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    Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Hi All,
    I am in a situation like this:
    I have close to 100 files ordered like this:
    test1.txt
    test2.txt
    test3.txt
    ...
    ...
    test99.txt

    I need to rename those files like this:
    track1.txt
    track2.txt
    ...
    ...
    track99.txt
    i.e. trackNN.txt

    Of course, with windows, I can rename them whatever I like one by one.

    But with commad prompt (DOS command) how do I do that?

    ren test*.txt track*.txt did not work
    I want to change the alphabet part, leaving the numerals intact.

    Is it possible?

    Thank you for your time.

    Best,
    T.

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    There is no easy way to do this in a ".bat" file.
    Instead you could do this in VBS (VBS is the scripting language supposed to replace old DOS commands, and is available since Windows 95).
    Or, better, use a good third party tool, e.g. ant renamer. See http://www.antp.be/software/renamer

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Pretty sure you can use a SINGLE-CHARACTER WILDCARD. Not sure if it's & or _

    Code:
    ren t&&&*.txt track*.txt
    Otherwise, look into POWERSHELL. It can do that
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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Hi olivthill2, dglienna,
    Thank you for your answers.

    ren t&&&*.txt track*.txt and ren t___*.txt track*.txt did not work.

    I will have to use some other ways. Let's see if I can use powershell- never used this before.
    T

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    I don't know if this works on all windows computers, but on windows vista if you select all the files you want to rename, then press F2, it'll allow you to rename a file and then it will take that same name and name all the files selected under that name and number them. Pretty easy and convenient alternative.

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Hi,
    Yes, even in my XP, it works. I mean it renames files like track (1).txt, track (2).txt, etc.
    Unfortunately, for my purpose, that was not useful.
    The end device that uses the files (track1.txt, track2.txt.....) could not read track (1).txt, track (2).txt, etc.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Once again, try VBSCRIPT

    Code:
    Const ForReading = 1
    
    strComputer = "."
    set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
    
    Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile("c:\scripts\names.txt", ForReading)
    
    Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream
        strLine = objFile.ReadLine
        arrParts = Split(strLine, ",")
        strFile = "C:\\Pictures\\" & arrParts(0)
        Set colItems  = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
            ("Select * From CIM_Datafile Where Name = '" & strFile & "'")
        For Each objItem in colItems
            strNewName = "C:\Pictures\" & arrParts(1)
            objItem.Rename strNewName
        Next
    Loop
    
    objFile.Close
    http://blogs.technet.com/heyscriptin...text-file.aspx
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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    Hi dglienna,
    Thanks for the post.

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    Re: Renaming multiple files in DOS

    If you install Cygwin, the following will work in the Cygwin prompt:
    Code:
    cd "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/whatever folder/the files are in/"
    for i in `ls` ; do mv $i `echo $i | sed "test/track/"`; done

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