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

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Command to print content before a symbol (last character in a line)

Let's consider I have 3 files: abc_def_12345.zip abc_123.zip abc_def_ghi_3432.zip I want to print only the characters before the last underscore(_) The expected output is: abc_def abc abc_def_ghi
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File name encoding wrong in KDE, but correct in GTK/tty1/

I'm on a new Linux (installed yesterday). When I access files from old partitions their file names have incorrect encoding (ä instead of ä, same for other umlauts) inside KDE apps like dolphin and ...
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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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Extract filename from another filename

I receive notification files for different files. I want to extract the filename from these notification files which I would use in another process. The first 4 strings of the notification file will ...
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Bash pattern to match all files but directories

In bash, how do I specify a pattern that matches everything but subdirectories in current directory. Given that the pattern */ matches all the subdirectories, I tried (with extglob turned on): $ echo ...
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(Why) is it bad to use ls -A to list hidden files?

I want to list every file, including hidden files, in the current directory. I don't want to include the parent (..) and current (.) directory. I found this: how to glob every hidden file except ...
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Copy All Files With Certain Length File Name

In directory /source I'd like to copy all files with a file name more than 15 characters to directory /dest. Is there a UNIX command to do this? EDIT: Although this question explains how to search ...
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finding the absolute directory

Here is the scenario: foo/ > data/ > stuff/ > scripts/ -> /.../generic/scripts When calling foo/scripts/bar.sh from any location (other folder or inside the folder), I would like to be ...
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incrontab on folder name containing line feeds

I'm writing a script searching for directories in a subtree and appending them to incrontab. I can even add folder names with blanks by escaping those with a backslash: /path/to/observed\ directory ...
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How to zip directory with encryption for file names?

Using command line, I know that I can encrypt a directory with the following command: zip -er Directory.zip /path/to/directory However, this does not encrypt the filenames themselves. If someone ...
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How to find files their names, name of files are in one file?

I know how to find and concatinate pdf file. I did with the follwoing code. pdfunite *.pdf output.pdf But the problem is I have list of file names in one file say filenames.txt and I would like to ...
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Extract file name from path in awk program

I have an awk script and I have passed a CSV file to it. awk -f script.awk /home/abc/imp/asgd.csv What am I doing is to get FILENAME within script.awk. FILENAME gives me the whole path. As I am in ...
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Bad substitution trying to rename extension [duplicate]

I'm trying to convert all wav and mp3 files to ogg files recursively with find and FFmpeg. I have made the following bash script to do so: #!/usr/bin/env bash # Converts samples to ogg find samples ...
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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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Can't remove apostrophes from filenames in terminal [duplicate]

I don't understand why zsh and bash (ls) show me lots of filename inside apostrophes, but not all: 'joe rilla - mauern fallen.mp3' jokaz-alarmbereit.mp3 'yoshi blessed - everybody free.mp3' I tried ...
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Archive Manager doesn't show file with the name “-”

Given that I made a .zip file by piping from stdin like this: $ echo foo | zip temp.zip - This produces an archive OK (with the data in a file named "-"): $ unzip -t temp.zip Archive: temp.zip ...
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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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How can I delete a file with no name

I somehow managed to create a file that doesn't seem to have a filename. I found some information regarding how to get more details of the file in the following thread. However, I tried some of the ...
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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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add a file name to lines in this file

I have fasta files, coming from different samples eg: 01.fasta, 02.fasta, etc. All of them contain OTU list with the following pattern: >OTU1 CCTACGGGCGGCTGCAGT >OTU2 CCTACGGGTGGCTGCAG I ...
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bulk rename (or correctly display) files with special characters

I have a bunch of directories and subdirectories that contain files with special characters, like this file: robbie@phil:~$ ls test�sktest.txt test?sktest.txt Find reveals an escape sequence: ...
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Glob with Numerical Order

I have this list of pdf files in a directory: c0.pdf c12.pdf c15.pdf c18.pdf c20.pdf c4.pdf c7.pdf c10.pdf c13.pdf c16.pdf c19.pdf c2.pdf c5.pdf c8.pdf c11.pdf c14.pdf c17.pdf c1.pdf ...
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Listing numbered files using wildcard sequence with predefined range

I have a folder of numbered data files. I am trying to incrementally extract a predefined range of files. The range of files that I am looking for is predefined in two variables, ns and ne, which ...
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Extract zip files into directory based on pattern of zip name

I have these zip files: PLP_633555_2015-03-04_01-12-01.zip PLP_634562_2004-03-02_02-15-07_UBIC.zip PLP_563462_2008-05-02_01-21-03_UBIC_STOC.zip And I need each zip extracted into its appropriate ...
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How to split a filename list in 5GB sets?

I have a pretty big list of files which I like to group in smaller list of 5GB each for further processing. The file list is in the following form: "size" (from du) "tab" "absolute path", like this (...
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Nautilus: How are files sorted?

I am quite new to Debian 8.4. I am not sure if this is the right community on stackexchange to pose this question. Please tell me, if not. My question: I am using the Nautilus file manager. I view a ...
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How to list files without directories, and filter by name (ls options)

I have a directory called uploads. It contains a bunch of files, plus a few subdirectories which in turn contain files. Is there a way I can (in one step) do the following: List ONLY the files in ...
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Remove files by regular expression

I want to keep files whose names match [0-9A-Z]{1,2}_\d{4}_\w+?\.dat, for example, A1_2001_pm23aD.dat, K_1998_12.dat, and remove the rest. However, the ls and rm commands do not support such regexes. ...
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working with filenames in a different encoding over ssh

I'm ssh'ing to a remote system where a different encoding for the filenames (and for the users' locales) has been used. And this causes some problems. Problems solved by matching the locale settings ...
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How to search for Viber app files

I am trying to perform filesystem extraction on viber app. my findings show that viber contains a folder named databases which contained files of interest, namely, Viber_messages, Viber_data and ...
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How do I remove a dot dollar no name directory

I have this weird directory in Oracle Linux that I cannot remove, cannot change owner, cannot change group, etc. It seems to be an environment variable that is empty and is named: .$EXTEND Here's ...
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passing ls variable to grep when doing a file search only works inside directory

I am running a command that I use to find the most recent file in a folder then grep the contents for a matching pattern. Here is the command flow that shows the problem I am having. root@backup /]# ...
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find awk log print error

I'm trying to find one year old directories named in yyyymmdd format and print it in the log file placed at different location. find ${LOG} -maxdepth 1 -type d -mtime +${DAY} -name '20[0-9][0-9][0-9][...
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Find files by the length of filename

I want to find all files by length of the file names. For example if I want to find files of length 1, such as a.go, b.go. I put: grep '.\{1\}' file But this does not work. What command can I use ...
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How to delete a tilde (~) folder? [duplicate]

I need to delete a "~" folder in my home directory. I realize now that rm -R ~ is a bad choice. Can I safely use rm -R "~"?
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How to sort filenames with spaces in them and concatenate the files?

I have the misfortune of dealing with filenames that contain spaces. I want to concatenate files of which filenames contain spaces. I also want to sort the filenames numerically. Obviously the ...
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Change to a directory containing a space

I'm using a MacBook with OS X installed. I'm on Terminal trying to go to a directory. So I'm in Home and I use the command ls and there is a VirtualBox VMs directory. But when I try to do cd ...
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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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Finding duplicate files by name ignoring the case in subdirectories

How is it possible to list duplicate file names on a Linux system ignoring the case including all subdirectories Files should not be compared by their content but only by their names. The output ...
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Is there a way to use regex expressions to auto-fill filenames in bash?

Assuming I have a directory with files as shown: $ ls file0001.txt file0002.txt file0003.txt file0004.txt file0005.txt someotherfile.txt Lets say I want to run the following command: $ cat ...
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How to remove a single quote from a file name? [duplicate]

I have some podcasts on my radio server which contain a timestamp when they should be played. I noticed one of them is put into single quotes 'filename.mp3', and I'm unable to remove them. Check this: ...
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Are periods (“.”) valid characters in file or folder names? [closed]

I would like to name my files and folders according to a specific date, e.g. 03.04.2016. I see I can use them but are there any disadvantages to using periods in files or folder names?
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Is it possible to fake a specific path for a process?

I'm trying to run ADB on a linux server with multiple users where I am not root (to play with my android emulator). The adb daemon writes its logs to the file /tmp/adb.log which unfortunately seems to ...
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Producing the next available filename for a pattern (02-output.log etc)

I can use mktemp(1) within a shell script to make a temporary file in a directory with a suitable suffix & prefix. Is there a command that, given a pattern (e.g. NN-output.log) will look for 01-...
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How can I specify that curl (via command line) overwrites a file if it already exists?

I'm using curl in this syntax: curl -o myfile.jpg http://mysite.com/myfile.jpg If I run this command twice, I get two files: myfile.jpg myfile-1.jpg How can I tell CURL that I want it to ...
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How prepend appropriate amount of 0's to numbers contained in image names?

I've got a folder /User/me/Desktop/folder/images with files like key 1--name.jpg, key 10--name1.jpg, etc. The files are sorted incorrectly when fed to my site so I get an arrangement like key 84--name....
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Get directory name from file name

I want to make a directory name by extracting parts of a file name. Here are some examples: server.log.2016-03-20-14 → 20160320 server-2016-03-17-13-16-Restart.log → 20160317 I'm using HP-UX.
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Clipboard for copying and pasting files in command line?

In Bash, suppose I visit a directory, and then another directory. I would like to copy a file from the first directory to the second directory, but without specifying the long pathnames of them. Is it ...
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Transforming a list of files separated by new lines into a variable

Goal: I'm trying to find all instances of *.clj or *.cljs files recursively within a directory, store them in a string variable (separated by new lines) and then transform them. So if the following ...
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Characters best avoided in filenames when used in Bash, e.g. `?`

For example: $ ls -l total 344 -r-------- 1 t t 145657 Mar 11 01:53 joeltest-slides.pdf -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 166814 Mar 11 01:55 The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code? by Joel Spolsky.pdf drwx-w--w- 2 t ...