[clug] renaming files to make windows happy
kim at holburn.net
Thu Apr 23 08:07:46 GMT 2009
On 2009/Apr/23, at 9:52 AM, Hal Ashburner wrote:
> Nemo wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I have a large quantity of files with various win32 unfriendly
>> characters in the filename. (primarily ", ? and :, though those
>> obviously aren't the only ones that win32 can't handle.
>> The files are going onto a NTFS partition (which as a fs can handle
>> characters in filenames fine, and ntfs-3g puts them there for the
>> of "maximum portability and interoperability reasons" (http://www.ntfs-3g.org/support.html
>> ). (imho, this argument is bunk
>> since the main reason I think someone would want to write to ntfs
>> is for
>> interoperability with a WindowsOS.
>> Windows win32 layer can't handle all the characters.
>> NTFS-3G doco suggests exporting the filesystem through samba for
>> compatibility. I don't particularly want to route all the files
>> an additional network layer since they're already on the right
>> Does anyone have or know of a nice simple bulletproof script which
>> take a filename, and make it safe to windows. (ie, convert win32
>> unfriendly characters to _ or ^ or similar? Handling filename
>> escapes in shell
>> scripts sanely gives me willies ;)
>> thanks in advance!
> The /portable filename characters/ as defined by ANSI C are
> a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r t u v w x y z
> A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R T U V W X Y Z
> 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
> . _ -
> prompt$ for file in *; do echo mv "$file" $(echo -n "$file" |tr -c
> '[a-zA-Z0-9_.-]' _ );done
prompt$ for file in *; do
new=$(echo -n "$file" |tr -c '[a-zA-Z0-9_.-]' _ )
if [ ! -e "$new" ]; then
mv "$file" "$new"
echo "error file \"$new\" exists"
> Is what I'd use, the output of which I'd check very carefully for
> "bulletproofness" before using.
> If you've got directories with dodgy names in a hierarchy then
> find . -name "*"; while read dir; do
> if [ -d $dir ] etc.
> I'm not sure if it's exactly what you want but I hope it helps.
> Hal Ashburner
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