Replace spaces in a filename with hyphens

for f in * ; do mv "$f" $( echo $f | tr ' ' '-' ) ; done
Article mentions what each part of the command is responsible for.
Sample Output
A640 French painting seventeenth century front view.jpg



2010-10-20 20:07:33

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in a file != in a filename
TheMightyBuzzard · 523 weeks and 2 days ago
I meant to say filename I wasn't paying enough attention. Thank you for pointing this out :)
RaymondCrandall · 523 weeks ago
in the link I provided I made it clear what my intentions were, but I guess I should have proof read.
RaymondCrandall · 523 weeks ago
You could use (without tr) for f in * ; do mv "$f" "${f// /-}" ; done Note that it doesn't remove any other special character.
frans · 522 weeks and 6 days ago
Cool! Is there a name for ${...} notation? I would like to read more about it.
RaymondCrandall · 522 weeks and 5 days ago
^Try "parameter expansion".
johnraff · 522 weeks and 3 days ago

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