Call it the little things, but I'm usually excited when I find a new tool that speeds things up. I accidentally ran a set of experiments that produced multiple files that were named incorrectly. That is, I wrote files as
aq*-female-1_day-*_event*.csv but I was actually supposed to write the files as
aq*-female-edt-*_event*.csv. These files fit into a larger set of results with varying time lengths (edt, month, year, etc), so I needed to change dozens of files to fix my mistake.
Cue the head scratching. Do I rename each individually? Do I write a bash or PHP script to perform the renaming, perhaps taking time away from other things? No! I found out there's a tool for that built into the Linux command line environment:
rename command takes a Perl regular expression and a set of files and performs a rename on them based on the regular expression. So, in this way, I could rename dozens of files with one command:
> rename 's/(.*)-1_day-(.*)/\1-edt-\2/' *.csv