Shell script to copy files from one location to another location and rename add the current date to every file


I have a folder in my server which contains some files. These are automated that means everyday we get new files automatically which will overwrite the old ones. So want to take a back up for this data. How can i copy all these files in to a another folder by renaming the files with current date while copying.

ex : i have a folder named folder1 which contains 4 files. path for this folder is home/webapps/project1/folder1

  1. aaa.csv
  2. bbb.csv
  3. ccc.csv
  4. ddd.csv

now i want to copy all these four files in to a different folder named folder2. path for this folder is home/webapps/project1/folder2. while copying these files i want to rename each file and add the current date to the file. so my file names in folder2 should be..

  1. aaa091012.csv
  2. bbb091012.csv
  3. ccc091012.csv
  4. ddd091012.csv

I want to write a shell script for this. Please give me some idea or some sample scripts related to this.

This question is tagged with bash shell unix

~ Asked on 2012-09-10 15:50:39

The Best Answer is


In bash, provided you files names have no spaces:

cd /home/webapps/project1/folder1
for f in *.csv
   cp -v "$f" /home/webapps/project1/folder2/"${f%.csv}"$(date +%m%d%y).csv

~ Answered on 2012-09-10 16:21:58


You could use a script like the below. You would just need to change the date options to match the format you wanted.


for i in `ls -l /directroy`
cp $i /newDirectory/$i.`date +%m%d%Y`

~ Answered on 2012-09-10 16:15:33

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