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I would like to know how would I rename and change file permissions of a file that contains a space in the name on Linux.

Example

The name of my file is: my file

I have tried mv my%20file my_file

I have also tried chown -R 755 my%20file

but both of these don't work!

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marked as duplicate by Anthon, cuonglm, Renan, chaos, slm Jul 22 at 15:32

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I saw that post but i didn't know how to access bash script so i never worked for me. –  Code Jul 22 at 12:27
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I wouldn't say so. OP appears to be working at his terminal, not with a Bash script. –  Torger597 Jul 22 at 12:48
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I agree with @Torger597 -- the dupe is far too complex for a non-scripting user to find intelligible, whereas this one is simple and concise. –  goldilocks Jul 22 at 15:18
    
That's correct guys what I was looking for was a simple solution and both answers below from @Gnouc as well as @Michael Kohne was the solution to my question. Thanks guys –  Code Jul 22 at 15:22

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You need to quote file name:

rm 'my file' my_file

or escape space character:

rm my\ file my_file
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when i do this it tells me Device or resource busy, but im not doing anything with the deveice –  Code Jul 22 at 12:26

You have to quote or escape the filename. In Bash (the default shell in most distros), you can either use quote marks to enclose the entire name, or a backslash to escape the one space.

rm "my file"
rm my\ file
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