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Replace spaces in a filename with hyphens

Terminal - Replace spaces in a filename with hyphens
for f in * ; do mv "$f" $( echo $f | tr ' ' '-' ) ; done
2010-10-20 20:07:33
Functions: echo mv tr
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Replace spaces in a filename with hyphens

Article mentions what each part of the command is responsible for.

http://raymondcrandall.com/post/1360780719/easily-renaming-lots-of-files

Alternatives

There are 6 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
rename 's/ /-/g' *
2010-10-23 17:03:54
User: depesz
Functions: rename
2

As long as you have perl based rename. You can check:

=$ rename --help

Unknown option: help

Usage: rename [-v] [-n] [-f] perlexpr [filenames]

That's the good one.

sed -i 's/ /-/g' *

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What others think

in a file != in a filename

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 319 weeks and 3 days ago

I meant to say filename I wasn't paying enough attention. Thank you for pointing this out :)

Comment by RaymondCrandall 319 weeks and 1 day ago

in the link I provided I made it clear what my intentions were, but I guess I should have proof read.

Comment by RaymondCrandall 319 weeks and 1 day ago

You could use (without tr)

for f in * ; do mv "$f" "${f// /-}" ; done

Note that it doesn't remove any other special character.

Comment by frans 319 weeks ago

Cool! Is there a name for ${...} notation? I would like to read more about it.

Comment by RaymondCrandall 319 weeks ago

^Try "parameter expansion".

Comment by johnraff 318 weeks and 4 days ago

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