Unaccent an entire directory tree with files.

find /dir | awk '{print length, $0}' | sort -nr | sed 's/^[[:digit:]]* //' | while read dirfile; do outfile="$(echo "$(basename "$dirfile")" | unaccent UTF-8)"; mv "$dirfile" "$(dirname "$dirfile")/$outfile"; done
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. Some notes: 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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By: Patola
2009-08-24 21:24:18

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find -depth -regextype posix-awk -iregex ".*[áàãâéêíóõôúçñ]+[^/]+" |\ while read infile; do bnamefile="$(basename "$infile")"; outfile="$(echo "$bnamefile" | iconv -f UTF8 -t ASCII//TRANSLIT)"; bnamedir="$(dirname "$infile")"; echo $bnamefile $outfile; mv -vi "$infile" "$bnamedir/$outfile"; done
nandals · 73 weeks and 2 days ago

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