Debian-like rename utility - available via MacPorts?

Sam Kuper sam.kuper at
Thu Feb 23 01:29:39 PST 2012

On 23 February 2012 03:36, Jeremy Lavergne <jeremy at> wrote:
>> it *does*, for some reason, still respond to "man rename".
> That's rename(2). If it's a command line program, it'd be rename(1).
> These categories plan am important trickle down in this situation ;-)

Right you are; well spotted. In my defence, it was past my bedtime :)

On 23 February 2012 06:07, Dan Ports <dports at> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 03:24:44AM +0000, Sam Kuper wrote:
>> One slight quibble: given that the script seems normally to be invoked
>> with "rename" rather than "file-rename" (even the synopsis in the man
>> page I get from entering "man file-rename" seems to expect the script
>> to be invoked with "rename" rather than "file-rename"!), I think it
>> might be better if the MacPorts port follows this convention. That
>> way, users used to using the "rename" script they've obtained via
>> Debian/Ubuntu/Brew/whatever won't be confused if they switch to
>> MacPorts. Does this sound fair?
> Sure. I added a symlink for rename -> file-rename.
> I didn't do that originally because the File::Rename module installs
> the script as as `file-rename` and I thought there might be some
> differences between it and the original `rename` script, but upon
> closer examination it's clearly the same script in slightly different
> form.

Great stuff. Thanks once again, Dan!


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