To install this package, run in Emacs:
M-x package-install RET wfnames RET
Allows editing filenames.
Allows editing lists of absolute files, this allows editing the directory parts as well.
Modified lines are highlighted, maybe in a different color when about to overwrite an existing file.
File completion is provided.
Not tighted to a directory, allows editing files from various directories.
Do not provide edition of permissions and will not.
Wdired must be patched to allow editing a list of absolute filenames in Emacs versions before Emacs-29. Also Wdired depends on a default directory which is not relevant and prone to errors when editing absolute filenames that come from various directories. Using this package in Helm allows getting rid of Wdired advices (that have been merged in Emacs-29+).
Once in the Wfnames buffer, edit your filenames and hit
C-c C-c to
save your changes. You have completion on filenames and directories
TAB but if you are using Iedit package and it is in action use