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    Find replace text in filenames
    I have several thousand files which need a - in the filenames changed to a .

    Despite searching the help menus and forums the only solution I can find is to buy and download an application.

    Surely it cannot be this difficult, I could have done this in about 2 minutes on a PC instead of which I have spent the past 2 days looking for a solution. Is there no way that I can do a find/replace on a mac?

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    Actually I have now tried a free application to do this and it wont rename the files because they are in sub folders.

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    Periods in the filename (at the beginning, anyway) make the file invisible. It's a UNIX thing.

    Periods elsewhere in the filename usually mark the end of the name and the beginning of the extension.

    So this does not sound like a wise plan to me.

    But to answer your question, yes it is possible to do this quite easily ... using the terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89tick View Post
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    I could have done this in about 2 minutes on a PC instead of which I have spent the past 2 days looking for a solution. Is there no way that I can do a find/replace on a mac?
    You could switch back to Windows,

    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Periods in the filename (at the beginning, anyway) make the file invisible. It's a UNIX thing.

    yes it is possible to do this quite easily ... using the terminal.
    or learn something new.

    This is not a common task for 99% of computer users.

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