I suspect I am not alone in having recently discovered Xfce after upgrading to Debian 7 and finding that the Gnome people have taken leave of their senses. Every cloud has a silver lining! Thank you for your efforts and long may they continue.
As to my specific query, I am trying to use the Bulk Renamer to rename a very large number of files, but have been defeated by the "regular expression" syntax. All the files have names of the form:
[some letters][space][hyphen][some more letters][space][hyphen][DATE][suffix]
and I want to rename all of them in the form:
[DATE][space][some letters][space][hyphen][some more letters][suffix]
The number of letters in [some letters] and [some more letters] is variable and may include spaces. The suffix is always the same and the DATE field is always of the form:
I found another posting on this forum which suggested using Pyrenamer, and having tried find that it does what I need. It is a "bulk renamer" which presents a pattern matching facility with a syntax much simpler than PCRE. I will add it to my list of essential utilities alongside such luminaries as Dosemu, Hardinfo and Gtkam.
For what it’s worth, here’s how you can do it with Thunar. It is not so complicated.
To match any word that ends with a space, you can use “[^ ]+”. This means “1 or more non-space characters”. (“^” means “not”, and “+” means “one or more”.)
In order to be able to move your words around, you have to use parenthesis to make groups, and then use $1, $2… in the “Replace With” field to recall them.
So your source name matches: ([^ ]+) -([^ ]+) -([^ ]+ [^ ]+)
And in the replace field: $3 $1 -$2
Last edited by stqn (2013-06-20 14:43:00)