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Mac will append a ' 2' (note the space) to the end of a file/folder that is a copy of another file/folder inside the same directory... I was wondering if anybody knows how to batch remove/rename this ' 2' from a directory of folders from Terminal.

  • How do you want to rename the files? Just remove the trailing " 2" or something else? – nohillside Jun 3 '15 at 13:09
  • yes, I want to remove the trailing " 2"... for directories inside of a directory ie... Music/Tom Petty 2/ ... ( not files or the files within the renamed directory ) – Ken McLeod Jun 3 '15 at 13:51
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Use find to locate files like this way:

find . -name "* 2" -exec rm -r "{}" \;

This command will search for files and folders from where your are . with name "* 2" and delete every result -exec rm {}.

If you want to rename directories:

find . -name "* 2" -type d -exec rename 's/ 2/-copy/g' {} \;

As other command, locate only folders with name "*.2" and rename it replacing 2 with -copy.

If you don't have rename installed, you can also use

find . -name "* 2" -type d -exec bash -c '[[ -x "${0/ 2/-copy}" ]] || mv "$0" "${0/ 2/-copy}"' {} \;

(The [[ -x part tests whether a file/folder already exists).

  • but, what if you are trying to rename ( not delete ) directories ( not files ). – Ken McLeod Jun 3 '15 at 13:02
  • I update my answer. It will delete both files and folders. – jherran Jun 3 '15 at 13:06
  • The OP wants to rename files/folders, not only delete them – nohillside Jun 3 '15 at 13:09
  • @patrix read carefully: "how to batch remove/rename". This usually means one or another, isn't it? – jherran Jun 3 '15 at 13:12
  • see Ken's first comment to your answer :-) – nohillside Jun 3 '15 at 13:34
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Well, just in case anybody else comes up with this same question... I found a simple resolution.... if you have Homebrew

brew install rename

...

rename -s " 2" '' *

turns Music/Tom Petty 2 into Music/Tom Petty. Likewise, if you wanted to add something to your directory names with a similar ending like ' 2', you could...

rename -s " 2" '-blob' *

... Music/Tom Petty 2/

becomes

Music/Tom Petty-blob/

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