Replace spaces in a filename with hyphens

rename 's/ /-/g' *
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.

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By: depesz
2010-10-23 17:03:54

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In case you get 'Artist - Song name' turned into 'Artist---Song-name' you need to compress the extra hyphens.
karol · 455 weeks and 2 days ago
@Karol: if you want to compress (it wasn't mention in original snippet), it's trivial with rename: rename 's/[ -]+/-/g' *
depesz · 455 weeks and 1 day ago
This is really minimalistic. I like it. Just for clarification though, do all distributions have the rename command? I think I might have read somewhere how only a few did.
RaymondCrandall · 455 weeks and 1 day ago
@RaymondCrandall: on ubuntu it comes from perl package. I don't have any other distributions handy, so can't check them.
depesz · 455 weeks and 1 day ago
There are two renames I know of: one is a perl thing, the other one is in util-linux-ng (I'm using Arch Linux) - man 1 rename - much simpler than the perl one.
karol · 455 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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