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In a pacticular directory of mine i have hundreds of subdirs most with ( and ) characters in the dir names... would it be possible to write a shell script to take those characters out? leaving the rest of the name intact?
Originally posted by homey That fails to work for sub directories because the parent directory gets changed before the sub directory. I haven't figured this one out yet.
Right you are ... That's what I get for posting code without testing it
$ cat dirfix.sh
for DIR in *; do
if [ -d $DIR ]; then
if ( echo $DIR | grep '(\|)' >> /dev/null ); then
NEWNAME=`echo $DIR | tr -d '(' | tr -d ')'`
mv $DIR $NEWNAME
The drawback to this being that you have to run the script with the full path to the script. If someone wants to work out a subroutine and the recursion, have right at it.
That checks to see if the directory actually has a '(' or ')' in it's name. It's not strictly necessary, but it causes a bunch of errors to be printed if it's not there. If a directory is present and it doesn't have parentheses in it, the script will try to mv it from itself to itself, which usually results in "invalid operation" being printed on STDERR.
EDIT: Hrm ... After thinking about it, it also won't recurse into those directories to check for parentheses either. I'll leave that as a challenge for the others in the group.