[clug] renaming files to make windows happy
Francis James Whittle
fudje at grapevine.net.au
Thu Apr 23 08:20:58 GMT 2009
On Thu, 2009-04-23 at 17:52 +1000, Hal Ashburner wrote:
> 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
This doesn't seem to do question marks (?). I had a similar suggestion:
for file in *; do echo mv "$file" "$(sed -e 's/[^a-zA-Z0-9_.-]/_/g' <<<
<<< is shell redirection from a string :)
Curiously recent version of sed seem to skip some latin-1 / unicode
characters with this one (eg. á ñ ç and the like). My memory is that
win32 handles these just fine, but I could be wrong.
> 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 ]
you can make find only return directories with the -type d test:
find . -type d; while read dir; do ...; done
Saves use of an extra conditional.
> I'm not sure if it's exactly what you want but I hope it helps.
> Hal Ashburner
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