I don't understand why zsh and bash (ls) show me lots of filename inside apostrophes, but not all:

'joe rilla - mauern fallen.mp3'
'yoshi blessed - everybody free.mp3'

I tried to remove the ' like here with rename and bash:

Removing apostrophe from all file names

But without success. It tells me "A and B are the same file".

How can I get rid of the apostrophes?


It isn't an apostrophe in the filename. The filenames that have whitespaces are getting 'wrapped'.

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  • Ok. I see. I had the suspicion now but after the question was posted. thanks – haheute Jun 7 '16 at 15:52

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