Mass Rename Hidden Files?

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  1. speedemonV12 macrumors 6502

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    hey, is there a way to rename a bunch of hidden files? I basically want to add an extension to them, but i have about 500 files that need to be renamed. All the renaming applications that I have tried cant handle hidden files. any suggestions?

    thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    1. In Terminal:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder​
    2. Then use Name Mangler to batch rename the files.
    3. In Terminal:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder​
     
  3. speedemonV12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that was one of the first things that I tried, i used tinker tool to show hidden files, found some of the files that i wanted to change just to test, and name mangler doesnt recognize them... :( i also just tried it your way thinking maybe that would work, but nope :( didnt work, thanks for the suggestion tho...

    all the files that I want to rename start with a .BC.
    dont know if the . has anything to do with name mangler not recognizing, but i know the . makes it hidden..
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you "Get Info" on them to make sure they're not locked, and that you have read & write permissions for them?
     
  5. speedemonV12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yup, everyone has read & write permissions, and they are not locked.
     

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