Saturday, September 22, 2007

Tip for the day: REMOVING FILES WITH BAD FILE NAMES

If a file has a special character, Unix will try to interpret the character. Renaming these type of files cannot be done with a simple "mv".....it will have to be done using the file's inode.

For example:
# ls -i "GSO (website)"
(the "-i" flag will display the file's inode)
41734 GSO(website)

...the inode for the "bad" file is "41734"

1. once the inode is identified, use the find command to rename the file:

find . -inum 41734 -exec mv \{\} NewName \;

2. do an "ls" to verify

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