Replace underscores with spaces in filenames and dirnames, recursively into subdirs.

find . -exec rename 's/_/\ /g' {} +
Everyone wants to take spaces out of filenames. Forget that. I want to put them back in. We've got tools and filesystems that support spaces, they look better, so I'm going to use them. Because of how find works I find I need to run this multiple times, if it's renaming subdirs. But it can be re-run without issues. I got this version of the command from a comment in this underscore-generating command. http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/760/find-recursively-from-current-directory-down-files-and-directories-whose-names-contain-single-or-multiple-whitespaces-and-replace-each-such-occurrence-with-a-single-underscore. All I did was change the regex.
Sample Output
File_Name_CD1.flac
File_Name_CD2.flac
File_Name_CD3.flac

Changes into ...

File Name CD1.flac
File Name CD1.flac
File Name CD1.flac

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By: KlfJoat
2014-05-05 02:47:19

What Others Think

Add -depth to find and it will handle subdirs correctly so only one run is needed. find . -depth -exec rename 's/_/\ /g' {} +
kaistian · 389 weeks and 1 day ago
This code will make my file management as smooth as butter. Great job. Fullerton Bathroom Remodeling
CarlCuperstone · 7 weeks and 6 days ago

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