just how much can you do with?
chime at hubert-humphrey.com
Sat Mar 2 19:01:33 UTC 2013
Well Kyle, I think even for folks such as Karen-and-myself, moving from dos to
Linux, Linux man-pages are written in such a way that not only listening with
speech, but without a tecnical background, they are hard to understand.
I did write Karen off list-and-suggest it would be instructive to show
side-by-side a DOS help with a Linux man-page of a similar command. Maybe
somewhere there are more discriptive beginner man-pages which we could dropin
to a system, which would make learning easier.
As an example, here is a Debian man for ren "rename"
RENAME(1) Perl Programmers Reference Guide
rename - renames multiple files
rename [ -v ] [ -n ] [ -f ] perlexpr [ files ]
"rename" renames the filenames supplied according to the rule specified
as the first argument. The perlexpr argument
is a Perl expression which is expected to modify the $_ string in Perl
for at least some of the filenames specified.
If a given filename is not modified by the expression, it will not be
renamed. If no filenames are given on the
command line, filenames will be read via standard input.
For example, to rename all files matching "*.bak" to strip the
extension, you might say
rename 's/\.bak$//' *.bak
To translate uppercase names to lower, you'd use
rename 'y/A-Z/a-z/' *
Verbose: print names of files successfully renamed.
No Action: show what files would have been renamed.
Force: overwrite existing files.
No environment variables are used.
If you give an invalid Perl expression you'll get a syntax error.
The original "rename" did not check for the existence of target
filenames, so had to be used with care. I hope I've
fixed that (Robin Barker).
Back again live, Kyle, do you think some1 with little Linux experience,
wanting to learn, can make sense of that?
I tried going in DOSemu to find a similar help, but cannot get "help ren" to
work. Thanks for listening
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