[CS-FSLUG] Bulk filename recoding?

sjm sjm.mlists at gmail.com
Wed Sep 22 09:58:40 CDT 2010

On 09/22/2010 05:40 AM, Eduardo Sanchez wrote:
> Dear Listmembers,
> I know the answer must be somewhere but I can't recall that and therefore I
> ask for your help.
> Problem is, sometimes I get non-ASCII characters in filenames; e.g.,
> "résumé.pdf". Especially if those filenames come from zipped or RAR'ed
> packages, trying to copy them from my ext3 filesystem to a FAT one (such as
> those of pendrives or mp3 players), the file transfer in Midnight Commander
> fails.
> Renaming the filenames and ensuring that all characters in the filename are
> ASCII usually solves the problem.
> Now, my question is: how can I do this massively? Say, I have recursive
> folders and subfolders that need to be renamed, something that would be too
> burdensome to do by hand. How can I do it?

I assume you are on linux.  Check out the "convmv" package.  It can 
change the encodings for the filenames.  (IIRC, Windows prefers cp850 or 
ISO8859 codepages while Linux prefers utf-8.)


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