Duplicate Folder and Rename Files

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by sinfulboi, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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:
  2. macrumors 6502a


    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.
  3. macrumors member

    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))

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