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I have folder with multiple html files and I'd like to run hxnormalize on all of them and write the results back into the files.

I already tried hxnormalize -e *.html and cat *.html | hxnormalize -e > *.html

  • Please look up the for loop in your shell's man page. Do you know what shell you are using? – Anthon Sep 28 '17 at 9:39
  • You may have clobbered one or more of your HTML files -- double-check the last one. – Jeff Schaller Sep 28 '17 at 9:46
  • it's bash. how would a simple example for a loop that selects all html files look like? And what I still havn't figured out, how do I write the results back into the original files? – user430 Sep 28 '17 at 9:55
  • @JeffSchaller I'm sorry, I don't know what "clobbered" means, but the second command definitely doesn't work, I get "bash: *.html: ambiguous redirect" error – user430 Sep 28 '17 at 9:58
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according to man page, hxnormalize work on a single file.

try

 for x in *.html
 do
    hxnormalize -e "$x" > foo
    mv -f foo "$x"
 done

you can remove quote if no funny name.

you can single line

for x in *.html ; do hxnormalize -e "$x" > foo ; mv -f foo "$x" ; done

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