renaming files

Miki Tebeka tebeka at
Tue Jan 7 10:38:00 CET 2003


> I'm new to python and trying to learn the language by doing some everyday
> tasks in it.
> I wanted to convert the following simple csh script to python:
> foreach i (test-????.*)
>   mv $i `echo $i | sed 's/test/final/'`
> end
> I can't find no easy way. I don't want to use a system call to 'ls', so got
> a list
> of files with os.listdir(), but how can I get a selective list?
> I can match "test-" with string.find, but I'm really looking for test-????.*
> (csh wildcards).
What you're looking for is the 'glob' library:
#!/usr/bin/env python
from glob import glob
from os import rename

for file in glob('test-????.*'):
    rename(file, file.replace('test', 'final'))
Note that globbing regular expressions are differnt from the 're' module ones.


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