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Old 05-31-2005, 10:31 AM   #1
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rename file names with " ? characters

I have started encoding my CD collection and some of the files are being named with " and ? characters in the name. This is not a problem with Linux but becomes a problem when I share the files with SAMBA and try to access them with Windows.

I can rename these by hand one at a time but there are so many of them that I need to try and find an automated way to remove the characters with a script or with some setting on Linux to prevent files from being named with these characters.

I am using Mepis which is a Debian distro. I am ripping the files with KAudioCreator which uses Lame to encode the file. KAudioCreator access for the track names which is where the " and ? characters are coming from.

Any help with renaming these files is appreciated.
Old 05-31-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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usually in programs like that, you can - under some option, tell it to make those type of characters and _ or some such. That's the first thing I would check.

After that, the ones that you already have, you may be able to find a rename program that will do it for you, otherwise it's a roll your own solution.
Old 05-31-2005, 12:20 PM   #3
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A script like this should do it:
for i in *.mp3
mv $i `echo $i|sed -e 's/?//g'`

Just change it according to needs, make it executable and run it in the directory with the files. Alternatively you can put it under /usr/local/bin/ and give it some unique name.


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