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Re: [SLUG] spaces in filenames - bash scripting problem - SOLVED


On Sat, 2006-05-20 at 18:42 +1000, Alexander Samad wrote:

true genius at work here!

that worked, thank you.


> On Sat, May 20, 2006 at 05:34:52PM +1000, david wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-05-20 at 15:25 +1000, david wrote:
> > 
> > My latest attempt below... and it works all the way down to the mv line,
> > but then fails because of the spaces. I get this diagnostic:
> > 
> > mv: when moving multiple files, last argument must be a directory
> > 
> > 
> > #!/bin/bash
> > # takes the first 3 chars of each directory name and
> > # prepends it to the file names within that directory.
> > 
> > ls | while read x
> > do
> >         y=$(echo "$x" | cut -c -3)
> >         ls "$x" | while read z
> >         do
> >                 mv "$x"/"$z" "$x"/$y"$z"
> 
> try mv "$x/$z" "$x/$y$z"
> 
> >         done
> > done
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > > On Sat, 2006-05-20 at 15:12 +1000, Howard Lowndes wrote:
> > > > 
> > > I've changed the scrip thus:
> > > 
> > > #!/bin/bash
> > > cd /home/david/test
> > > for x in $(ls)
> > > do
> > >         y=$(echo "$x" | cut -c -3)
> > >         for z in $(ls "$x")
> > >         do
> > >                 mv "$x"/"$z" "$x"/$y"$z"
> > >         done
> > > done
> > > 
> > > but this is what i get:
> > > 
> > > david@test:~ $ ls -l test
> > > total 12
> > > drwxr-xr-x  2 david david 4096 2006-05-20 15:16 1test
> > > drwxr-xr-x  2 david david 4096 2006-05-20 15:16 2test
> > > drwxr-xr-x  2 david david 4096 2006-05-20 15:14 3 test
> > > david@test:~ $ ls test/3\ test/
> > > 3 test
> > > david@test:~ $ ./shelltest
> > > ls: 3: No such file or directory
> > > ls: test: No such file or directory
> > > david@test:~ $
> > > 
> > > 
> > > 
> > > > david wrote:
> > > > > The scrip works as long as there are no blanks.... unfortunately there
> > > > > are lots of blanks in both directories and filenames. Can anyone tell me
> > > > > what i should be doing?
> > > > > 
> > > > > #!/bin/bash
> > > > > # takes the first 3 chars of each directory and
> > > > > # prepends it to the file names in that directory.
> > > > > 
> > > > > #cd /home/david/Desktop/musicbyalbum
> > > > > cd /home/david/test
> > > > > for x in $(ls)
> > > > > do
> > > > 
> > > > I think this might work for you
> > > > 
> > > >           y=$(echo "$x" | cut -c -3)
> > > >           for z in $(ls "$x")
> > > >           do
> > > >                   mv "$x"/"$z" "$x"/"$y""$z"
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > >         done
> > > > > done
> > > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > -- 
> > > > Howard.
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