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Old 05-18-2004, 04:54 PM   #1
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how to rename via CLI with a space in the name

i have a few files in my home dir that have spaces in them and i want to rename them to have _ instead of spaces.

problem i run into is with mv command every time i put a space in there the system thinks its a new file and gives me an error.


file name what ever.ddd

i type:

mv file name what ever.ddd file_name_what_ever.ddd

and get an error. is there a way around this in the CLI? im currenly working via SSH over cygwin. i just dont know how to start natalis, or what ever the GUI file program is called.
Old 05-18-2004, 05:04 PM   #2
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You can try this: place a \ in front of any space in the filename on the command line. For instance, the command you used earlier would be:

mv file\ name\ what\ ever.ddd file_name_what_ever.ddd

That works for me in the terminal (in both Red Hat 8 and 9). I don't know if cygwin would have a problem with it.
Old 05-18-2004, 05:08 PM   #3
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Quotes should also work as well
Old 05-18-2004, 05:11 PM   #4
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Put the file name in double quotes, like this:

mv "file name what ever.ddd" file_name_what_ever.ddd

BTW, putting filenames in quotes generally works in Windows also, if you care.
Old 05-18-2004, 08:30 PM   #5
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great answeres. thanks for the help. ill keep that in mind. had no clue how to get around that in *nix, and know very little about windows cmd line as i did little with dos.
Old 05-18-2004, 11:31 PM   #6
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I use the tab completion in bash wherever possible. It's great -- and it takes care of that for you

Type out what<hittab> and it fills in the \ ever.ddd for you
it's quite useful.

Old 05-19-2004, 09:31 AM   #7
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i normaly do too, but being a complete newB to linux i had no idea what those \ were for so i deleted them.

now i know its ok for them to be there.


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