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Renaming folders in bulk

Meteor

I have a question from someone here in the office.  

 

we have a library on the LAN full of folders which they want to change how we save them!

 

i had these example folders in this format and i would like to change to their format, but use Ateryx to do this in bulk!

 

before:

deal1 jan19

deal2 jan19

deal3 jan19

deal4 feb19

biscuit feb19

dog mar19

parrot apr19

 

 

 

after

201901_deal1

201901_deal2

201901_deal3

201902_deal4

201902_biscuit

etc..

 

 

 

my question is, can alteryx be used to rename these folders or will i need to use linux MV or rename commands to look for these,  i started with linux but then got angry around all of the use of brackets and the effort they add.

 

my other thoughts for the solution was a batch file or possibly  a vba excel solution, but i tend to shy away from VBA nowadays!

 

 

 

Alteryx Partner

Hello @iamdata ,

 

Was a tricky question but I can tell you yes, it can be done.

 

Type the following command in the run command tool:

 

if exist "C:\...\....\deal1 jan19" (
cd "C:\.....\..."  && rename "deal1 jan19" "201901_deal1"
)

 

Use it as a macro and modify the 4 parameters which are:

 

1.- C:\...\....\deal1 jan19   ==> Original path of the file   (example: C:\Users\ESd01631\Desktop\deal1 jan19)

2.- C:\.....\...                     ==> Previous path      (example: C:\Users\IronMan\Desktop\ )

3.- deal1 jan19                ==> old folder name

4.- 201901_deal1           ==> new folder name

 

leave the quotes out meaning you only update the content within the quotes

 

I tried it and it worked for me

 

Cheers

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Magnetar

Hi @iamdata 

 

You can try this one as well

 

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The top branch of this workflow, up to the Append Fields, gets the list of directories, something that is not easy to do in Alteryx.  Many thanks to @jdunkerley79  for this part.  Once you have this, the formula tool builds the "Ren" commands and the final Run tool does the deed

 

Pre

 

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Post 

 

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Dan

Meteor

Thanks both of you.

 

I used the second solution, purely because there was a workflow attached!  im still new to macros, but this is amazing.  I put into a test location and ran it, working well!  didnt pick up from Nov info, but i would rather rename 5 items instead of 60 folders!

 

appreciate the help with this.

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