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iso-8859-1 to utf-8 safe recursive rename

Terminal - iso-8859-1 to utf-8 safe recursive rename
detox -r -s utf_8 /path/to/old/win/files/dir
2009-03-16 07:50:36
User: renich
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iso-8859-1 to utf-8 safe recursive rename

This command is a powerful "detoxifier" that eliminates special chars, spaces and all those little chars we don't like. It support several "sequences" so be sure to check your /usr/local/etc/detoxrc while at it... and maybe define your own

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Terminal - Alternatives
convmv -r -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF-8 --notest *
2009-08-17 18:23:19
User: jsiei97
8

Nothing advanced, it just finds filenames that are stored with ISO-8859-1 characters and and converts those into UTF-8. Recommended to use without the --notest flag first so you can see what will be changed.

LANG=fr_FR.iso8859-1 find . -name '*['$'\xe9'$'\xea'$'\xeb'$'\xc9'']*'|while read f; do a="$(echo $f|iconv -f iso8859-1 -t ascii//TRANSLIT)"; echo "move $f => $a"; done
2011-04-06 17:03:31
User: gibboris
Functions: echo find read
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Warn: use convmv or detox if you can: they are the right tools.

But if you want to do it manually, you can use this command to find the problematic files and transliterate their accented characters to their ascii equivalent.

(Useful when doing cd backup: growisofs may fail on files which come from the old iso8859-* days.)

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@renich Thanks! (I love how command-line fu brings out all these uber-useful commands :-)

Comment by mpb 296 weeks and 5 days ago

Under debian/ubuntu, this command is available after installing the 'detox' package.

Comment by bwoodacre 296 weeks and 5 days ago

On Fedora, you have to compile it... Hope to maintain this rpm someday... when I learn how.

Comment by renich 296 weeks and 4 days ago

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