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Old 10-01-2008, 03:43 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by homey View Post
I wonder if the original script didn't copy over correctly. I like to use the code tags to help prevent that sort of problem. Also, you do know the script has to be executable in order to use ./scriptname . Otherwise, you would use sh scriptname.
Anywho, here is another sample which you would make executable and run like this ...
./scriptname /home/myimages

Note: when it looks ok, remove the echo from the move statement....
echo mv "$dir/$i" "$dir/$j"
to look like this....
mv "$dir/$i" "$dir/$j"

        echo "Usage: $0 [directory]"
        exit 1;

test -d "$1" || usage


ls $dir | grep -e "[:alnum:]" | \
while read i; do
j=`echo -n "$i" | sed -e 's/ /_/'`
echo mv "$dir/$i" "$dir/$j"
You need a sed -e 's/ /_/g' ; ie a g for global replace in the sed line. else it only changes the first occurrence of space ' '
Old 05-13-2009, 11:43 AM   #32
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Remove spaces

IFS=$'\n';for f in `find .`; do file=$(echo $f | tr [:blank:] '_'); [ -e $f ] && [ ! -e $file ] && mv "$f" $file;done;unset IFS
Old 05-13-2009, 04:22 PM   #33
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Solution to the OP's original problem from 4+ years ago, replacing spaces in filenames in a directory with underscore, from pic 001.jpg to pic_001.jpg:

 rename pic pic_ pic*
Obviously need to cd to the directory in which the files reside.
Old 05-13-2009, 07:53 PM   #34
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Actually, its
rename 'pic ' pic_ pic*
otherwise it inserts the underscore in front of the space, instead of replacing it
Old 04-17-2011, 03:43 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Bruce Hill View Post
I searched "remove spaces" and "Chinaman" and found this script

Hope that's it. I'm in America, and on my main PC in China I have a
file named "good_commands" which I use to copy and paste in such

This script will replace the space with an _ (underscore). The space is
considered an escape character, IIRC...

I think you mispelled the j=$((j-1)) to i=$((j-1)) and also you can add the a line
cd $1 inorder to point to a directory for running

#./script testdir
Old 08-22-2011, 04:32 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by Bruce Hill View Post
I searched "remove spaces" and "Chinaman" and found this script

This script almost worked for me but in nested directories with space in both the directory names and file names it failed to substitute for spaces in the deepest directory (all directory names where handled correctly and all file names in directories above the deepest level were also handled correctly). My work around was to comment out the j=$((j-1) line (see below).

# This is
j=`find $1 -printf "%d\n" | sort -u | tail -n 1`
echo "Max dir depth:" $j
for (( i=0; i<=j ; i++ ))
for name in `find -mindepth $i -maxdepth $i -iname "* *" -printf "%p\n"`
newname=`echo "$name" | tr " " "_"`
echo "$name" "$newname"
mv "$name" "$newname"

My test tree was as follows:
~/F\ A/
~/F\ A/1\ 1
~/F\ A/2\ 1
~/F\ A/3\ 1
~/F\ A/F\ B/1\ 2
~/F\ A/F\ B/2\ 2
~/F\ A/F\ B/3\ 2
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/1\ 3
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/2\ 3
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/3\ 3
All file and directory names above were handled OK.
The three file names below were not changed by the original script.
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/F\ D/1\ 4
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/F\ D/2\ 4
~/F\ A/F\ B/F\ C/F\ D/3\ 4

I hope this helps somebody. I would love some feedback on this.

Best regards.
Old 07-31-2013, 03:10 AM   #37
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space with file name

Hello again,

Hoping somebody is feeling generous today...

I suck at writing scripts. I can admit that.
Can somebody post a short script that will take a directory full of .txt all of which have spaces in the filenames, and remove the spaces from the names? I'm trying to streamline the file name , but the file name is taking the always puts spaces in the file name ...

EX : file name is : ?prepago-?peque�aempresa-?mujer.txt or " PREPAGO- Peque�aEmpresa- ".txt

I want to remove ? or space from file name . please help me ASAP.
Wanted file : prepago-peque-aempresa-mujer.txt

I greatly appreciate whomever is feeling nice enough to help me here....

Thanks as always,

Madhukar Kumar

Last edited by madhukarkumarbcet; 07-31-2013 at 03:26 AM. Reason: better understanding


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