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A friend of mine took the liberty to remove all white-spaces " " in the foldernames on our shared drives and substitute them with the underline character "_" . The filenames are unaffected, and the error is systematic propagated in foldernames only

Any good proposal on which command could resolve this?


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Why do you want to put the white spaces back in? Names without white space are much easier to work with in the terminal as well as other things –  cosmorogers Dec 6 '11 at 11:39
Possible duplicate of… –  Caesium Dec 6 '11 at 12:01

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If you really want to go back to spaces, here is the command, only for files

find /path -type f -iname '*_*' -exec bash -c 'echo mv -i "$1" "${1//_/ }"' _ {} \;

This only shows what would do, remove the echo to really exec.

Next you can change also directory substituting -type f with -type d.

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This worked perfectly: find -type d -iname '_' -exec bash -c 'mv -i "$1" "${1//_/ }"' _ {} \; Thank you enzotib! –  root-11 Dec 6 '11 at 16:09

Use the rename tool:

$ rename "_" " " */*/ */*/*/
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/media/gb_01/ folders already exist$ rename "" " " */*/ */*/*/ Bareword "" not allowed while "strict subs" in use at (eval 1) line 1. –  root-11 Dec 6 '11 at 16:06
be sure to get your quotes right. –  cweiske Dec 6 '11 at 16:35

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