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I have a file structure like this:

  • 00000010
    • 000000001.file1
    • 000000001.file2
  • 00000020
    • 00000003.file1
    • 00000003.file2
    • 00000003.file3
  • ...

So there are folders with 8-digit names containing one ore more files with name starting with 8-digit numbers. But theses filenames are – let's say – out of sync. So Now I try to rename them recursively in bash to archive:

  • 00000010
    • 000000010.file1
    • 000000010.file2
  • 00000020
    • 00000020.file1
    • 00000020.file2
    • 00000020.file3
  • ...

My script does look like:

#! /bin/bash

find * -maxdepth 1 -name "*" -type d | while read -r dir
do
        rename 's/$dir\/[0-9]{8}/$dir/' *
done

But this is not working and gives errors like

Global symbol "$dir" requires explicit package name at (eval 1) line 1.

How could I write it to rename the files according to their folder names?

Thank you for help!

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Please don't cross-post. –  Dennis Williamson Feb 1 '11 at 16:00

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As from another answer I learned, that I have to use

rename "s/$dir\/[0-9]{8}/$dir\/$dir/" $dir/*

Just in case anyone has the same problem...

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Don't forget to accept your own answer as soon as possible. –  Daniel Beck Feb 1 '11 at 10:43
    
Yes, I won't. But it tells me to wait for two days. –  Simon Feb 1 '11 at 10:49

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