Batch Change Files

Posted on April 26, 2017

Renaming strings is a job that we as programmers can never avoid. The only thing we can do is either make it fun or make it fast that we don’t have to think about it anymore. So, I tried to do both. Following what I have learned from the book Sed & Awk, I wrote my simple script. Just a small note, I am using The Silver Searcher here. And yes, it is faster than Ack.

#!/bin/zsh
# run chmod 777 on this file

# use silver searcher to find all matches and use -l option to print only the filenames
# convert file names into an array so we can loop through it
files_array=("${(@f)$(ag -l 'OLD_STRING')}")
for file in $files_array
do
# edit file and substitute OLD_STRING to NEW_STRING
sed -i '' -e 's/OLD_STRING/NEW_STRING/g' $file
done