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Convert all WMF images to SVG recursively ignoring file extension case

Terminal - Convert all WMF images to SVG recursively ignoring file extension case
find . -type f -iname '*.wmf' | while read FILE; do FILENAME="${FILE%.*}"; wmf2svg -o ${FILENAME}.svg $FILE; done
2009-03-07 22:21:01
User: atoponce
Functions: find read
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Convert all WMF images to SVG recursively ignoring file extension case

This assumes you have the package installed necessary for converting WMF files. On my Ubuntu box, this is libwmf-bin. I used this command, as libwmf is not on my wife's iMac, so I archived the directories containing the WMF files from OS X, ran them on my Ubuntu box, archived the resulting SVGs, and sent them back to her. Quick, simple and to the point.

Searches directories recursively looking for extensions ignoring case. This is much more readable and clean than -exec for find. The while loop also gives further flexibility on complex logic. Also, although there is 'wmf2svg --auto', it expects lowercase extensions, and not uppercase. Because I want to ignore case, I need to use the -o option instead.

Works in ZSH and BASH. Haven't tested in other shells.

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can you please explain the significance of the "%" symbol in "${FILE%.*}" ?

Comment by linuxrawkstar 294 weeks ago

You've just saved me about 8 hours of work. Thank you.

Comment by Tiomaidh 225 weeks and 2 days ago

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