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

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Filtering redundant paths from a list of paths

I have a list of relative paths such as this: dir1 dir2 dir2/dir3 dir2/file1 dir3/file2 dir3/dir4 dir3/dir4/file3 In the example above, the specifier dir2/file1 (for example) is redundant, because ...
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Files with empty names

I was writing a widget for displaying files in a given directory and I wondered whether I need to cover the case where a file has an empty name. Testing showed not obvious results, so I was ...
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Synchronizing same files with different filenames using rsync [duplicate]

I have a directory ~/music that contains all my music files and a directory /media/backup/music that I wish to synchronize with the first one using rsync. Initially, I did a rsync -a ~/music ...
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Reading a directory in shell script

I want to read a numbered directory which is under a path, into a variable in shell script. The paths are something like this: .../releases/R1/... .../releases/R2/... .../releases/R3/... Each time ...
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What are ./ and ../ directories?

Simple question, but I'm not sure where to look and google doesn't respond to periods and slashes. I'm just trying to count the # of files & directories in the current directory (not including ...
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How to “grab” matching files from a lookup file in bash?

I have a lookup file containing filenames. I also have a directory containing files, some of which have the names that correspond to some of the names in the directory. How can I: Move exact ...
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What is the significance of the dot in bash commands and how is it different from an asterisk?

I'm trying to understand the significance of the dot in bash and how it differs from an asterisk. Can someone please elaborate? For example, what's the difference between cp -ar /foo/. /foo2/ and cp ...
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Symbolic link starting with .#

I have a symlink in one of my directories that has the following name: lrwxrwxrwx 1 XXXX ZZZ 37 Jan 15 18:18 .#perl.org -> XXX@YYY.com.2980:1344441539 I am wondering what this symlink ...
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Command to find file/path lengths that are too long for burning to DVD?

I'm trying to burn a DVD from Windows but it fails because the full path name length exceeds the limit of something like 255 characters. Our files are stored in Debian Linux (accessed by Windows ...
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Bash script that reads filenames from a pipe or from command line args?

I want my script to read a bunch of filenames (which may have spaces) given either as a glob or from STDIN and do stuff with them. I've been able to read either way separately, but not combine them. ...
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How do I remove carriage returns from directory names?

I created a file in Excel and ftp'd the file over to my Linux machine. In the file were a bunch of mkdir commands. Now all of the newly created directories have a carriage return at the end of them. ...
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file command + how to view all results from file command

I use the file command in order to verify if file (PATH) is text/ascii file or encrypted file Because file command have allot of results ( small example in example 1 ) I want to get the all ...
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Manipulate file name piped from find command

I'm relatively new to Bash and am trying to do something that on the surface seemed pretty straightforward - run find over a directory hierarchy to get all of the *.wma files, pipe that output to a ...
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setup filename encryption for encrypted home folder in eCryptfs

I used ecryptfs-migrate-home to encrypt my home folder on my Debian (Testing) system. As I am a complete encryption-greenhorn, I don't know yet how to check, if the encryption succeeded. However, I ...
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How to match a file name suffix

How to verify if the name of a .xml file name ended with .any-string? e.g. .previous or .backup or bck12 etc ... I need to print the XML file name except for XML files that end with ...
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Dots in path name

I am receiving an error from an application I am running. The error looks like this: john@john-replacement:~/Desktop/yarbu-1.4.8/bin$ sudo yarbu-engine --VERBOSE /usr/local/bin/yarbu-engine: line ...
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Convert file path to URI in bash

How can I convert a file path to an URI in the command-line? Example: /home/MHC/directory with spaces and ümläuts to file:///home/MHC/directory%20with%20spaces%20and%20%C3%BCml%C3%A4uts
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print output to 3 separate columns

MYPATH=/var/www/html/error_logs/ TOTALFILE=$(ls $MYPATH* | wc -l) FILETIME=$(stat --format=%y $MYPATH* | head -5 | cut -d'.' -f1) FILE=$(ls -1tcr $MYPATH* | head -5 | rev | cut -d/ -f1 | rev) ...
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Script to convert filenames to lowercase depending on extension

Script to convert filenames to lowercase depending on extension
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Create a File with Touch on a specific Directory

I want a create a file with a specific extension(.done). I am using the command touch. Something Like: touch `basename $UNZIPFILE`".done" It's creating the file but in current directory. I want to ...
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Does tar -x Extract to Current Directory or Does it Extract to the Source of the Archive?

Does tar -x by default just extract to the current directory or does it try to reproduce the original directory structure including overwriting the original source? I know I can specify a folder to ...
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adding text to filename before extension

I would like to add text to the end of filename but before the extension. Right now I am trying, for f in *.shp; do echo $f_poly; done the output is, Quercus_acutifolia.shp_poly ...
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Replace dots with underscores in filenames, leaving extension intact

I have a bash script which I'm trying to get to replace dots in filenames and replace them with underscores, leaving the extension intact (I'm on Centos 6 btw). As you can see from the output below, ...
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Linux Icon Naming Conventions

Is there a naming convention in Linux when it comes to application icon filenames? What I'm referring to is the practice of including the icon size in the filename if the application uses multiple ...
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Tar a file with a different name

To make my environment deployable, I occasionally tar up some handy files and scripts: tar -czvf env.tgz .vimrc .vim/ bin/lsl bin/s I would like to add .bashrc to the mix, but I have some sensitive ...
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Very basic question, ls a different directory and save file

I seriously can't understand where I'm going wrong with his question. The first part is. List all the file and directory names in /etc which have 1 or more numbers in their name. Remember to use ...
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What is the difference between .ini and .conf?

As mentioned, what is the difference? or is there any concern to use them?
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Find and use the path of a file?

I'm trying to find the path of a file and move it. When I try realpath, it is not useful. For example : I want to move the file All Hail the Generalist - Vikram Mansharamani - Harvard Business ...
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How to fix Linux filename tab autocomplete that is appending a space instead of trailing slash on directories?

For some strange reason my filename autocomplete is behaving differently than normal. Given the following file structure ./foobar/file.txt, if I want to delete file.txt, I type rm ...
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When should I use a trailing slash on a directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How linux handles multiple path separators (/home////username///file) Most commands I use in linux behave exactly the same whether I include the trailing slash / ...
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How to put the specific files from a directory in an array in bash?

Suppose I have a directory under which there are 3 files named: file1.txt,file2.txt and file3.txt. Now how can I fill an array with those file names(I just know that all the files have certain ...
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Reserved characters in file names

I was under the impression that the only character not allowed in file names was /, but I don't seem to be able to create a file whose name contains characters such as *, \, ", :, |, < or > ...
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For filenames, are underscores or dashes more common in Unix file names?

When you are naming files with multiple words in the name, is it more common in Unix systems to use underscores, camel case, or dashes to separate the words?
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Tab completion when `patch` asks for filename

When the patch command doesn't find the file to patch, it asks for a filename. Is there any way to get this to use tab complete?
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Predict filename before downloading from a URL, in shell script

I have a shell script that downloads files from a list using wget, and resumes automatically if there is any non-critical error (because of unstable WIFI during storms). The problem is, I want to ...
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cp file device:directory on Minix

In my operating systems class we had to modify the boot screen of the Minix OS. I understood just about everything we did, but at the end of the make for compiling the new OS, there's a line: cp ...
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Bulk rename, change prefix

How can I bulk replace the prefix for many files? I have a lot of files like TestSRConnectionContext.h TestSRConnectionContext.m I would like to change all them to CLConnectionContext.h ...
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cat files with directory

Is there a command to show the directory/file name when cat files? For example: assume two files f1.txt and f2.txt are under ./tmp ./tmp/f1.txt ./tmp/f2.txt Then when I do cat ./tmp/*.txt, only ...
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File extension case sensitivity on CentOS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean up file extensions? I'm using CentOS. There are >10M images in one of my folders, which are furthur grouped into subdirectories. The issue is that some of ...
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How can I find all files in a folder that contain a match of a regular expression in the file name?

I'd like to find all of the files in my home folder on Linux (Ubuntu, in this case) that contain a match a particular regular expression. Is there a simple Unix command that I can use in order to do ...
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Is it possible to add CP-1252 support to CentOS?

We have a CentOS backend running server software that is processing files generated by our clients. Many of our clients are Windows users, and generate these files on their Windows machines in the ...
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What is this file called - doing in my home directory?

In my home directory there is a file called -. Seeing inside it was hard, but I finally managed to do it. At the top was this: -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- followed by a bunch of ...
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Remove prefixes from filenames

I have a bunch of files as follows: 04602635_b0294.DAT20120807164534 04602637_b0297.DAT20120807164713 04602638_b0296.DAT20120807164637 04602639_b0299.DAT20120807164819 ...
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How to get only filename using sed

How can I get only the filename using sed? I've this out_file=$(echo $in_file|sed "s/\(.*\.\).*/\1mp4/g") But I get the path too /root/video.mp4, and I want only video.mp4.
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Displaying text path in Caja (Linux Mint file manager)

In Linux Mint 13, the default configuration (under MATE) shows icons for the path rather than a text box containing the path. This is a huge issue for interfacing with the command line or programs, ...
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Good style/practices for separators in file (or directory) names [closed]

I'm not exactly sure if this is a "right" question to post here. I'm probably asking more about "opinions" than actual categorical answers (of those that either work or don't, and that's it). I was ...
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Completing avfs fake directories in zsh

How can I tweak zsh's completion system to complete “fake” files in some circumstances? More precisely, the AVFS filesystem exposes archives as directories by creating a “fake directory” next to ...
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Detect file-type with the help of magic-file and rename file-suffix accordingly

I have a folder (the iPhone Backup) with various files without a suffix. I want to run a batch process over these files, which detects each file's file-type (with the help of the magic-file database ...
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Bash autocomplete gives different file name than ls

An incredibly strange thing just happened. Through a serious typo, I entered cp filename.xsl .^?~ Yeah, that's right, dot-caret-questionmark-tilde! Truth is stranger than fiction. It gets weirder. ...
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What does dash “-” at the end of a command mean?

Given the following command: gzip -dc /cdrom/cdrom0/file.tar.gz | tar xvf – What does the - at the end of the command mean? Is it some kind of placeholder?