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  1. #11


    Posts : 30
    Win 8.1

    Bulk File Rename


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Base on what you want to get done. Instead of using tedious DOS commands, you can download a free ware from the link below:
    Bulk Rename Utility

    Hope this helps !!!

    Thanks, Topgun.

    I set up a dummy folder and it worked a treat so it's ALMOST there.

    I just need one more thing for it to do - Will it (to your knowledge) perform the "find and replace" function at folder level rather than the next level down in the tree which is the filename level. For each Author I have a folder for EVERY book, short story, graphic Novel, comic issue etc. Each Folder contains the same book in up to Five different file types.

    In other words, can I say to it :-

    "find all files which contain the text "Henry Rider Haggard" and replace that text with "". Look in the following Folders and perform this on any filename that meets the specified criteria".

    If you know that it doesn't then you'll save me much time trying fruitlessly to find it.
    If you know that it does, then I can search and try things to find out how.

    If you don't know then, if I find it I'll let you know how.

    Thanks again

    Merlin

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  2. #12


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    No help but now I understand what you were asking in the OP. Brings me back to my old dBASE programming days, it would handle what you are doing and then some.

    Wow! They even have a new version out, it's still alive and well.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by merlin1949 View Post
    What do you mean there is no such thing as DOS ?

    I was under the impression that DOS commands are still used in command prompt windows.


    Merlin
    You can run commands from the command prompt but it is not DOS, so some of the commands you used to run in DOS may not work or do something different from what you intended to do. You can call it a peeve, but some of us get annoyed when people refer to the command shell as DOS. Windows NT based operating system do not have DOS.
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  4. #14


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Thanks, Topgun.

    I set up a dummy folder and it worked a treat so it's ALMOST there.

    I just need one more thing for it to do - Will it (to your knowledge) perform the "find and replace" function at folder level rather than the next level down in the tree which is the filename level.
    Personally I don't use it. The best place to get the answer is click on 'Help' then Forum where they have questions, discussion etc...
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  5. #15


    Posts : 30
    Win 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Thanks, Topgun.

    I set up a dummy folder and it worked a treat so it's ALMOST there.

    I just need one more thing for it to do - Will it (to your knowledge) perform the "find and replace" function at folder level rather than the next level down in the tree which is the filename level.
    Personally I don't use it. The best place to get the answer is click on 'Help' then Forum where they have questions, discussion etc...
    I've been using it for about 7 or 8 hours now and can't get it to do what I want, so I'm into trying to find a new library app that will work at the folder level and still read the filenames. Doesn't solve my problem with bulk change and replace though.

    I shall return if I find a solution.

    Thanks to all for the help

    Merlin
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  6. #16


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    If you're making all those changes merely because you're tight on space, I'd recommend that you get an external hard drive.

    Here's part of a post from yesterday (private forum I belong to):

    Hey guys and gals, I just got an email from Staples and a 750 GB Toshiba
    External Drive is advertised for $49.99.

    Perfect solution as far as I would be concerned. I have two interchangeable externals and am well pleased with them.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 30
    Win 8.1

    External Seagate


    Thanks wynona.

    By an amazing coincidences, I have a 3 Tb Seagate Wireless External Drive arriving tomorrow.

    That will solve my physical space problems for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately it's not the whole story.

    The people who scan Graphic Novels will insist on putting info like Artist, Writer, Date Published, Version No, Cover Variation and other stuff into the filenames not only of the Folder containing the Image Files, but into the Filename of every Image File within the RAR or CBR File that the folder contains.

    You can't see these, so don't know that they've done it, until you extract the files of course and, even if the Reader works on the unextracted file, it still uses the FULL file name when you view it. You end up with multiple "Path name too long" errors and the programme freezes.

    You also then get a problem with reading the names of individual Files in the bookshelf View because they only display a limited amount of text. which means that yiou have to actually open the Different episodes to find out which one you want to read next.

    Back in the "Dream Time" I could write a set of instructions in DBase IV (Which was close to actually using plain language instructions), Test, Debug and Compile the list and have it run in background identifying duplicated extraneous rubbish and deleting it as the programme downloaded. Those days are gone, alas.

    Ah well, never mind, just have to do it the hard way, I suppose.


    Merlin
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by merlin1949 View Post
    What do you mean there is no such thing as DOS ?

    I was under the impression that DOS commands are still used in command prompt windows.


    Merlin
    You can run commands from the command prompt but it is not DOS, so some of the commands you used to run in DOS may not work or do something different from what you intended to do. You can call it a peeve, but some of us get annoyed when people refer to the command shell as DOS. Windows NT based operating system do not have DOS.
    Here, Here!

    I also get bugged by the misplaced "DOS" reference. Additionally, I hate when users refer to any text-based application or interface as "the old DOS program we used to use". I've heard the OS/2 Command Prompt, text-based OS/2 applications, terminal sessions on a mainframe through a telnet app, and even Unix text-based apps all referred to as "DOS".
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  9. #19


    Posts : 30
    Win 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by merlin1949 View Post
    What do you mean there is no such thing as DOS ?

    I was under the impression that DOS commands are still used in command prompt windows.


    Merlin
    You can run commands from the command prompt but it is not DOS, so some of the commands you used to run in DOS may not work or do something different from what you intended to do. You can call it a peeve, but some of us get annoyed when people refer to the command shell as DOS. Windows NT based operating system do not have DOS.
    Here, Here!

    I also get bugged by the misplaced "DOS" reference. Additionally, I hate when users refer to any text-based application or interface as "the old DOS program we used to use". I've heard the OS/2 Command Prompt, text-based OS/2 applications, terminal sessions on a mainframe through a telnet app, and even Unix text-based apps all referred to as "DOS".
    Well, Jody, You've got a hell of an uphill job on your hands reeducating all us poor uneducated types . Especially as I can see, on a quick and dirty search, over 300 Threads which talk aboiut the "DOS Command Prompt" and the "DOS Command Window".

    Really, if you know what someone MEANS by the phrase they use, does it really matter whether they are TECHNICALLY correct. Many of us are not particularly interested in the ins and outs of the architecture of the computers we use or the way that things work on a chip level, we just want to know what button to click to get our fonts changed or our files in an acceptable order.

    It's very comparable to the fact that I KNEW what you meant when you said "Here, Here" at the start of your post. The Phrase is actually "Hear, Hear" but you've probably never seen it written down.

    However, for someone who is a student of the English Language, the words "Hear", "Here" and "Year" are all pronounced quite differently. But then, I'm pedantic about English.

    But, as I knew what you MEANT by the misquoted phrase, I would never normally draw attention to it by correcting you - but on this occasion it does seem to be a good illustration of the fact that we Pedants all have our individual crosses to bear (LOL).

    Merlin
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  10. #20


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Merlin, at the risk of derailing this thread, I do agree with you. Proper English is dying. Here in the US if you correct anyone you're considered the "word police". We have really butchered the language.

    Feel free to correct my post now.

    EDIT: This is something we should discuss in the Chillout Room section. Don't get me started on they, their, and they're.
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