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    Question Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    pyrenamer was a brilliant tool for bulk renaming of files, with back-references and previews. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued and doesn't work in 18.04. The nearest alternative that I've found is gprename, but it doesn't have back-references, which makes it unusable in some instances.

    My latest requirement is to rename all files beginning with 8 digits to put dashes in them, for example:
    20190930 rhubarb
    20191015 blah blah

    becomes
    2019-09-30 rhubarb
    2019-10-15 blah blah


    Naturally, I will have other requirements in future, which is why I'm looking for a generic solution.

    What alternatives to pyrenamer are there that are equally competent? I'll accept a terminal command as long as it has a "dry run" option to let me test before committing.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    Sledgehammer to crack a nut idea .. if this is a frequent requirement and you prefer pyRenamer
    Ubuntu 16.04 + pyRenamer in VirtualBox

    Other than that idea, found this ..

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/file-folder-ren/

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    I was broken hearted when I saw that pyrenamer had been removed from the repos. It was a great app. Nautilus now has the ability to do bulk renaming, but doesn't have the same options. According to this article, Thunar has the ability to do mass renaming. It still isn't as good, but it works. I am not seeing anything in the default PCmanFM for bulk renaming.

    The link I included also has some command line rename tools.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    I also was a user of pyrenamer. For the quick fix I went with Thunar, but want something better. I run Nemo, going to take a look there.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    Perhaps the py extensions here might be developed further.
    But I don't believe that they go as far as pyRenamer for batch replacement.

    https://www.giuspen.com/nautilus-pyextensions/

    Developed by the author of CherryTree.

    One thought is to combine this basic extension with an automation script
    which runs through a directory of files to emulate pyRenamer functionality.
    I am an advocate of using toolchains.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    Sledgehammer to crack a nut idea … Ubuntu 16.04 + pyRenamer in VirtualBox
    Ha ha, yes, that's way over the top, especially on my old and slow computer!

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    Thanks. That's not in the standard repositories, doesn't seem to have a PPA, and was last updated in 2015. So, I'll give that a miss!

    Quote Originally Posted by uRock View Post
    According to this article
    That article has a few highly useful command-line tools, which I think I shall use if I find nothing else. qmv looks good as well; using the VISUAL or EDITOR variable, I can use gedit or pluma or whatever and use their editing facilities.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    Perhaps the py extensions here might be developed further…
    Unfortunately, that goes way beyond my skill level!
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    Thank you everyone for your answers. I think that the command-line tools from @uRock will be my best bet. They're not as easy as pyrenamer, but they are as good for my purposes.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    Late thought .. if you have a 16.04 LiveUSB somewhere you could install pyRenamer on that.
    Beats the VirtualBox idea.

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    Re: Alternative to pyrenamer: suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
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    Thank you everyone for your answers. I think that the command-line tools from @uRock will be my best bet. They're not as easy as pyrenamer, but they are as good for my purposes.
    Drop by after a while and let us know which one ends up working the best for you.

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