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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
This command changes all filename and directories within a directory tree to unaccented ones. I had to do this to 'sanitize' some samba-exported trees. The reason it works might seem a little difficult to see at first - it first reverses-sort by pathname length, then it renames only the basename of the path. This way it'll always go in the right order to rename everything.
1. You'll have to have the 'unaccent' command. On Ubuntu, just aptitude install unaccent.
2. In this case, the encoding of the tree was UTF-8 - but you might be using another one, just adjust the command to your encoding.
3. The program might spit a few harmless errors saying the files are the same - not to fear.
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