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How to build space separated, escaped full paths of files recursively matching glob?

I have a program which requires paths to files as arguments, which cannot be quoted and must not depend on working dir. Can this be done without chaining multiple xargs, tr, find, readlinks? Example ...
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How would I change file permissions if the file name has a space in it in linux [duplicate]

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 ...
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sed + remove the first directory from path

Please advise on how to remove the first directory from a path by sed, (the inverse pf what basename does). For example echo "/mnt/VPfig/Amer/AR4/Celtel/files/COM.txt" | sed ... I should get: ...
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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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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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How do I get the filename received by rz?

I want to rz a file and then copy it to a different location. But I find no way to figure out the received filename in the rz help or in its man page. The rz man page, while attempting to be funny, ...
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Using EXIFTool to add EXIF data from filenames

There is a set of photos with timestamps in their filenames like these: Photo on 3-09-12 at 9.24 PM #2.jpg Photo on 3-09-12 at 9.24 PM #1.jpg Photo on 3-09-12 at 8.23 PM.jpg etc. ("3-09-12", ...
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How could I retain special character without replacing it with underscore?

I'm working on a file transfer script where I encounter a problem, when the file name look like Dr' A. The transfer script will fail due to following error: sftp> put /path/Dr'\ A.tif Unterminated ...
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Portable way to get script's absolute path?

What is a portable way for a (zsh) script to determine its absolute path? On Linux I use something like mypath=$(readlink -f $0) ...but this is not portable. (E.g., readlink on darwin does not ...
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Tilde (~) inside working unix directory

So, Im working in a UNIX environment and I noticed that inside my working directory, which is miles miles away from my UNIX home, there is a ~. Now, once in the past, I did rm -rf ~ from my working ...
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batch rename files

I have multiple photo files with inconsistent name format. beach north.JPG beach south sm.jpg Bryce windsurfing sm.jpg DSC01031 1024x.jpg DSC02652 ed sm.jpg DSC03229 sm.jpg Kayak kids 2.jpg Maui ...
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Shortest way to extract last 3 characters of base (minus suffix) filename

I'm trying to set a variable in an sh script to the last 3 characters of the base name of a file (by base name I mean without the path and without the suffix). I've succeeded in doing this but, purely ...
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Create a log file with the same name as input file

I'm new to linux shell scripting. I have few input files that I have to parse one by one. So in my "work in progress" WIP folder I have one input file at a time. While one file is under processing I ...
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Problems with basename in a loop

I am new at shell script programming and I'm trying to execute a software that reads a text and perform it's POS tagging. It requires an input and an output, as can be seen in the execute example: $ ...
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Why does scp say “No such file”?

I have a bash script that uses scp to copy a file from my machine to another. The script keeps on exiting after I enter the SSH password with the error: <filename>: No such file or directory ...
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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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Forcing the system to allow me to insert any character in the file name

I had an exam this week, and one of the questions was (with one correct answer): The file name can contain the character: a) \ b) / c) ? d) ! I chose c) ? because it looked ...
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how to extract part of a filename before '.' or before extension

I have files in format below: abc_asdfjhdsf_dfksfj_12345678.csv hjjhk_hkjh_asd_asd_sd_98765498.csv hgh_nn_25342134.exe I want to get the value before the . and after the last _. The result would ...
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How store in a variable a file list that includes the backslash when needed?

Main question: I am writing a script to perform a backup. I make a list of files in the following way: LISTOFFILES=$(find ~ \( -name '*.[pP][dD][fF]' -o -name '*.[oO][dD][tT]' \)) The variable ...
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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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Renaming files with its path name

I have a .bdf file inside subfolders. All the .bdf have the same name: Loads.bdf Example: /home/user/folderxx/folderxxx/Load.bdf /home/user/folderxx/folderxxx/Load.bdf I need to find (and copy to ...
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tar compression without directory structure

Under my current directory, I have two sub-directories: dir_1/ - file1.png - file2.png ... - fileN.png dir_2/ - fileA.txt - ... - fileZ.txt When I tar compress the two ...
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What does the tilde (~) mean at the end of a filename? [duplicate]

What is the file with the ~ at the end of the filename for? $ ls # aliased to add flags -rwxrwxr-x 1 durrantm 2741 May 16 09:28 strip_out_rspec_prep_cmds.sh~* drwxrwxr-x 13 durrantm 4096 May 16 ...
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Globbing with * in Bash - Debian vs RHEL [closed]

Where is the difference? Do these distributions handle globbing differently? Platforms: Debian Wheezy 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Bash is always used. In my example, cat prints every file in /etc ...
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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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How to create a variable $ldir at your home directory that contains the relative path to letters?

If there's a directory on your Desktop called letters: 1) How to create a variable $ldir at your home directory that contains the relative path to letters? 2) How to copy a text file f1.txt to the ...
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How to find all paths not compatible with Windows?

On most Linux filesystems, NUL (\0) is the only invalid character in paths (and / is reserved as the path separator). Windows has a complicated set of rules for valid paths. Rather than fixing paths ...
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Copying the full path of a file to text file

I want to get the full path of all files in a directory and and the entire path has to be saved in one text file. Can you give me the script for that?
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File extensions and association with programs in linux

In windows we can associate a file's extension with programs. E.g. a file test.pl can be run by the installed Perl interpreter due to the pl extension. In linux though it needs #!/usr/bin/perl as the ...
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mapping a split file to /dev/loop0

I have a iscsi disk 2TB large. I make backup of that disk every week. The backup script copies the image of the whole iscsi disk into a file on my NFS. Unfortunately, it does not copy the image in one ...
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How to delete a NTFS filesystem file whose name contains “:”?

I backup some of my Linux files in a NTFS removable hard disk several days ago, this time I need to remove those files. But I find it difficult since: On windows, it complains that "Could not find ...
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About the .file and ./directory confusion

This is a dumb question, but I recently moved from windows to linux, and I see one strange thing: ./configure or nano /something/something2 Is this something2 a file? It looks like a directory, ...
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Make grep work for special filenames

I have a set of txt files whose names may contain space or special characters like #. I have a grep solution grep -L "cannot have" $(grep -l "must have" *.txt) to list all the files who have must ...
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Looping through files with spaces in the names?

I wrote the following script to diff the outputs of two directores with all the same files in them as such: #!/bin/bash for file in `find . -name "*.csv"` do echo "file = $file"; diff ...
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How to list files in a zip without extra information

en I use unzip -l test.zip I get the output like this: Archive: test.zip Length Date Time Name --------- ---------- ----- ---- 810000 05-07-2014 15:09 file1.txt 810000 ...
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List files sorted numerically

I have a bunch of files from log1 to log164. I'm trying to LIST the directory (sorted) in a UNIX terminal but the sort functions are only providing the format like this: home:logs Home$ ls -1 | sort ...
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File extensions for unix shell scripts

On wikipedia, the article for .sh says: For the .sh file extension type, see Bourne shell. How about other unix shells? I know that the shebang is used inside the file to indicate an ...
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What does ~ mean at the end of a file name (e.g. httpd.conf~)? [duplicate]

I edited a fresh apache config file in CentOS 5 using gedit. When I looked at the directory I saw now two files: httpd.conf and httpd.conf~ What does the ~ signify?
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Split files and rename the files

I need to split a large file into 5 pieces and rename them. For Example, file Test needs to be split into Test1, Test2 & Test3. However, the split command splits as xaa,xab,xbc.
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How do I get absolute path from using find unix command

How to get absolute path by using find command. actually I am running the following script:- find . -size +20M | while read a do i=$(echo $a | sed 's:/: :g') echo $a; j=($i) ...
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changing the names of files within a directory [duplicate]

I have few files under a particular directory. These are the files idex.1.ebwt idex.2.ebwt idex.3.ebwt idex.4.ebwt idex.rev.1.ebwt idex.rev.2.ebwt I want to change the names of the file from ...
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Path syntax rules

I'm writing a library for manipulation Unix path strings. That being the case, I need to understand a few obscure corners of the syntax that most people wouldn't worry about. For example, as best as ...
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What is the meaning of '.' in the cpio file

This is my the content of my rootfs.cpio file: [root@xilinx output]# cpio -idv < rootfs.cpio . init dev dev/console 1149 blocks What is . here ?
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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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Running python script from terminal without .py extension

I want to call a python script script.py from the terminal by simply typing script. Is this possible? If so, how? I know I can avoid typing python script.py by adding #!/usr/bin/env python to the top ...
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Shell Scripting: how to use part of the file path as the file name?

I have a group of directories, each containing exactly 1 jpeg image, like so- /psds/folder1/image.jpg /psds/someotherfolder/picture.jpg /psds/yetanotherfolder/thumbnail.jpg What is the appropriate ...
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Change the name of a file that contains spaces in the name

I don't know why but when I go to change this file name with mv command it comes up with the error stating not a directory. -bash-4.1# mv {{ THEME SANITIZED }}.hacks.css myomega.hacks.css
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How to use fslint (in particular findnl) on the command line to actually mimic the behavior of the fslint-gui?

So I am trying the fslint tools. However, the help included in those tools as well as the man page don't indicate that the cleanup actions offered by the fslint-gui are also available through fslint ...
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grep and directories containing spaces

I would like to search all files containing an association of strings (here the files should contain 'arthur' AND ('déni' OR 'deni') for instance) in a directory and subdirectories. After some search ...
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cp /etc/DIR_COLORS ~/.dir_colors not responding

I'm using CentOS 6.5 and Putty. My problem is that directory file names are shown in dark blue color which is hard to read. I google searched and found this link; basically it's copying the DIR_COLORS ...