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You could avoid xargs and sed in this case (shorter command and less forking): At least bash and zsh have some mighty string modifiers.
I would also suggest using find with exec option to get more flexibility. You may leave out or include "special" file for example.
There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!
This will make a false directory with the same file names as whatever directory you choose. This is wise to use when testing scripts that alter contents, filenames, or move files. I wrote this after an OOPS I made when renaming a directory of JPGs, PNGs, PSDs that were mixed. I recommend this as I lost over 2000 vacation pictures and some graphics I designed for software and web sites. :(
NOTE: This only creates name copies, that data itself is not copied.
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