View Full Version : Duplicate Folder and Rename Files

Dec 26, 2006, 07:45 PM
i know this may sound like a common problm but i just can not figure it out... i have a folder on my desktop that i need to duplicate and then totally rename all the files is it... i dont want to add a string to the start or the end... i want to do this on a regualar basis as the folder contains text files i download regulary.

for example the original files as:

and it needs to be:

Dec 26, 2006, 08:56 PM
If you are using Tiger then Automator will do most of the work for you. Just create a Finder plug-in/script that will rename selected items. All you will have to do is to duplicate the folder (right click > duplicate) and select all the files in that folder and and pick your scrip from Automator submenu in contextual menu (right-click). And pick your options.

I think, but I am not sure, but you could also create a folder action that will do that.

Dec 26, 2006, 10:15 PM
Here's a Python script which will move all files named to the new directory (which is the name of the old directory + "_copy") and rename them to '00#.txt'. If you don't know how to use python or the terminal then someone can create a GUI applescript wrapper for it.
The script assumes all files to be copied are in the format the "file name + a number + '.txt'".
usage is ./script.py dir_to_be_copied
Hope it helps.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import string
import os
import sys

def change(str):
str = str.split('.')[0]
oldstr = str
i = 1
str = oldstr[len(oldstr) - i:]
while (str[0] in string.digits):
i += 1
str = oldstr[len(oldstr) - i:]
str = str[1:]
return string.rjust(str, 3, '0') + '.txt'

tmp = os.getcwd().split(os.sep)
oldcwd = tmp[len(tmp) - 1]
newdir = '../' + oldcwd + '_copy'
if not (oldcwd + '_copy') in os.listdir(os.pardir):
for a in os.listdir(os.curdir):
os.system("cp " + a + " " + newdir + "/" + change(a))