File name is a name used to identify a file uniquely on given file system.

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Using File Date/Time as Metadata: Reliable?

Background: I have groups of files in their own directory which I merge into one file in order of their filename. I call them t1.txt, t2.txt, t3.txt... I merge them in order of the integer. ...
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How can I test for the .RAW file extension?

I'm trying to set up an sh script that will run every 30 minutes. During each run, I want to check a directory for the presence of at least one .RAW file. Upon finding that file extension, I will have ...
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Putting a single quote in a filename [duplicate]

We can a make a directory named $"dollars"&<>\dogs if we surround it with single quotes like the following mkdir '$"dollars"&<>\dogs' However, what if I want to include a ...
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Null and escape characters

I know that a filename in Linux has no restriction whatsoever excpet for two characters '/' and '\0'. I know that '/' is prohibited because it is a directory separator but is there any other reason ? ...
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Why do compiled programs create a copy with ~?

Why is it that when I run programs for the first time it creates a copy of that file with a ~ at the end? For example, a file like HelloWorld.lua when run would create 2 files: HelloWorld.lua and ...
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What other special characters are there?

For filenames, I know that you have to use either a double quotes or a backslash to include a space in your file name. Like mkdir "I like coffee" is the same as mkdir I\ like\ coffee Now when you ...
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Why are certain naming conventions so inconsistent in Linux? [closed]

It seems like the general pool of logging, changelog, readme, and config files in Linux is very inconsistently named. It always makes me wonder, why didn't *nix devs decide on a common file name ...
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Is `~/Documents` a relative or an absolute path?

This is merely just a vocabulary question, but which keeps turning around in my head. It comes from a practice exam from a LPIC preparation book. The correct answer according to the book is that ...
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how to delete swarm of ._ files using commandline

I have these files in MAC which have weird ._ character before filenames/folders. Which I want to delete in one shot. Is there a way to do it in commandline? eg. ._js ._css ._image if I go into ...
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usr/bin appears empty

I'm trying to make a program (Thunderbird) run at startup, but when I go to usr/bin it seems empty. However, if I run $ which Thunderbird in terminal, it tells me /usr/bin/thunderbird. The usr/bin ...
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List all files with the same name and number of that files

I wonder if there is an easy command to list all files with the same names and number of that files? I would like to do it recursively and I do not mean concrete filename. I can imagine the output ...
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What is the difference between a directory name that ends with a slash and one that does not? [duplicate]

Is there any difference between a directory name such as mydirectory and mydirectory/ I noticed this happens when I execute ls in some directories - some of the directory names have a slash and ...
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how to store output of a command into array with each value in a double quote

I want to store each output in double quoted array values. values can have space also. FOUNDFILES=($(locate --database ~/.locate.db -i -b "$INPUT")) if input to the locate command is very very ...
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How to find only the name of a link? [closed]

Specifically, I need to write a C program where I put inside the pathname of a symbolic link and on output I print only the name of that symbolic link(not the name of the file pointed by the link). ...
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Script to Compare the “file size” with “last name of file” and if unmatched delete the file

In my environment, we'll be receiving files from clients into our Sftp. Sftp process the files, and move it to another tool, by appending the file size at the end of the file name. For example, ...
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print empty line in sed output when passing multiple filenames

I'm doing some placeholder replacements in various files that I'm feeding to ldapadd, to add new entries to an LDAP directory: sed \ -e 's/%%FOO%%/whatever/g' \ -e 's/%%BAR%%/other thing/g \ ...
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copy all files that have no extension

We can copy some file by extensions like this: cp *.txt ../new/ but how can I copy all files that have no extension?
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Binary not accesible from Bash despite being in path

I am learning how to program in Racket. It's binary is in "/Applications/Racket v6.2/bin/racket". Let me show what happens: MacBook:~ enedil$ echo $PATH /Applications/Racket\ ...
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Redirect a file descriptor before execution

I know that I can change the file a program writes to by interrupting the process in gdb, closing using the file descriptor and then re-opening with the file name I want. Is there a way to do the same ...
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How to find the next available file suffix (file_a.txt file_b.txt etc)

My system creates a new text file every time a certain event occurs. The files should be named file_a.txt file_b.txt file_c.txt etc. In a Bash shell script,how to find out what filename should be ...
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Difference between find ~ and find *

What is the difference between find * and find ~ for searching a file? In terminal when my present working directory on root,then in terminal root@devils-ey3:~# find * -print -quit ~ On same ...
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Rename file containing spaces and punctuation marks

Someone in our Global Linux 3.0.31-0.9 server has put a file with several spaces, parenthesis, question mark and a colon in its name. And I am at my wit's end to rename or remove it! Sample of the ...
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Remove all brackets in filename

I've been trying to remove all brackets in my filename(s). Can anyone help me create a bash script to do that? This bash script below work flawlessly for non-bracket filename(s), but if there are any ...
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Touching issue: Creating a filename from 2 variables

I am trying to create a filename from 2 variables. This is the error msg: touch: cannot touch `/root/tinstalls/2--06/06/15': No such file or directory 2--06/06/15 19:54 This is the code: ...
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Why do some processes end with the letter “d”? [duplicate]

Some Linux binaries end with a "d", for example sshd, httpd, ppd, etc. Why is this so?
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Find files whose name is 4 characters long [duplicate]

I would like to find files whose name has only 4 characters. Example, there are three files under /tmp: $ ls /tmp txt file linux Output should only show file because it only has 4 characters.
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Make pwd result in terms of “~”?

pwd gives me /data/users/me/some/random/folder Is there an easy way of obtaining ~/some/random/folder from pwd?
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Deleting ghost files with non-ASCII characters

I have some weird files and folders in my trash on Mac OS X. After I "empty" the trash, the files still remain. I attempted to manually delete the files: $ cd ...
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How do I rename many files from whatever to sequential filenames? [duplicate]

I have a directory with 8,000 images. These have a variety of filenames and are of type jpeg or png. I want to rename them to: pic00001.png pic00002.jpg I don't mind if I end up doing the pngs in ...
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Script to move one filetype and create a subfolder, if it exists?

I'm trying to find a script that would basically look recusively at a directory, and if the script finds file that are .flac files, it will create a subfolder called FLAC in that same folder, and move ...
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How can I delete a file named “>”?

I was running a Python script that malfunctioned and used sudo to create a file named >. How can I get rid of this file? Of course, when I try sudo rm >, I get the error bash: syntax error ...
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no fonts showing up in filesnames in thunar (and pcmanfm). debian 7.8

I had recently installed a debian 7.8 system. I connect to it both locally from the attached monitor , but also remotely from an nx session. "Fluxbox" is the desktop environment and "thunar" the file ...
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Move folder from root of Hard Disk to Current Directory [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how to move a folder that sits in the root of my disk (what do you call that, home?) to a subdirectory. I am not cd'd to the root (again not sure of the terminology). When I ...
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Find a file with the extension .csv in a directory matching a pattern

I have a folder in which I have many subfolders. The Root folder name is allCSV and sub foldername is will be like a_date(s), b_date(s), c_date(s) ... I want a file which is in a_date(s) and ends ...
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Copy .txt files in a certain directory

I have an issue in copying my file in my directories. I have .txt and .jpeg files in a lot of directories, and I want to copy only the .txt files according to the directory. For example, I have this: ...
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binary is able to run only when run after creating a symbolic link to it

I am facing a rather strange problem. I have a 32 bit qmake binary placed at a very deep path. So for ease of use I created a link using ln -s /complicated/path/to/qmake ~/qmake I am running a ...
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Searching a filename

How to search a file with a given String and currentTimestamp and if not found trigger a mail? For Ex-:I have to search a file whose filename would be like filename_05172015 and trigger a mail if not ...
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Why . /home/Desktop is incorrect and ./Desktop is correct?

I'm learning about Linux, started yesterday. I have a question which I couldn't answer from my book or Google. What is the difference between ./ and / in the shell? I'm asking this because when I ...
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mv “Not a directory” when target name too long

I'm trying to do an svn checkout on my local Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vagrant box (SSH via MTPutty): vagrant@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~/shared/dev$ svn checkout https://... [...] svn: E000020: Can't move ...
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Can not get the file names with convmv

I have just uploaded some files on a FreeBSD server. Some files have the ??? into their names. The files came from a windows machine, so I try this: $ convmv -f cp850 -t utf-8 * Starting a dry run ...
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Can not access my external hard drive.

I am fairly new to Linux and have been trying to move some files around with terminal on my external hard drive but I can't seem to get it to work. I am using a generic external hard drive with a ext4 ...
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Overwriting files found by find?

I have a list of files -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 24813 Oct 23 2002 fig8_21.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 2259 Oct 23 2002 fig8_21t.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 35331 Oct 23 2002 fig8_23.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 2610 Oct 23 ...
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bash - change filename in a loop

So I have my input directory, output directory and list of files: #!/bin/bash ## shell type dir_in=('/Users/dossa013/data/inland-data/input/') dir_out=('/Volumes/Macintosh HD 2/data/cmip5/cru/') ...
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How to ignore spaces in file path for bash select statement [duplicate]

I have the following Bash Script: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Library/Developer/CoreSimulator/Devices/; files=$(find . -name iaGambro_gambro.sql) select file in $files; do if [ -n "$files" ]; then ...
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Can't copy or view files with hangul on HFS+

I'm trying to copy a directory of Korean and Japanese music on a Debian Jessie box. The source file system is HFS+J (Mavericks vintage) from a dead Mac, mounted with hfstools: # mount -t hfsplus -o ...
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`xargs` with spaces in filenames

I'm trying to list only non-image files, searching only in the most recent 500 files. So I run ls -t | head -500 | file | grep -v 'image' which isn't right: it displays a help message. Changing it ...
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Shell Scripting: Deleting or moving files from one directory that match filenames from another directory

I have a very specific and odd problem to solve. I'm working as a research assistant and I've been producing a ton of figures. In one directory, I dump .pngs to view casually (limited space here) and ...
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Rename files (delete some characters that are not always the same)

I have some files named like this : DA1_ATGCATG_L001_R1.fastq.gz Oeu43_TCATGAC_L004_R2.fastq.gz I want to delete the part after the first "_" but keep the end of the names from "_R" to obtain this ...
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Need a shell script for copying files that have long and out of capacity names

I have a directory on a NTFS file system which contains files with short and long names, I entered copy command for that directory to be copied on a Ext2 file system, files with short names copied ...
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How to copy lines from multiple files into one new file and keep file name?

I have 81 files in .fasta format that contain (up to) 53 items. Such as: /User/MyData/Sample_1.fasta /User/MyData/Sample_2.fasta .... /User/MyData/Sample_81.fasta Each .fasta file contains a name ...