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Moving Hidden files to normal files

I have a bunch of hidden files in a directory in AIX. I would like to move these hidden files as regular files to another directory.

Say i have the following files in directory /x

Code:
.test~1234~567
.report~5678~123
.find~9876~576

i would like to move them to directory /y as

Code:
test~1234~567
report~5678~123
find~9876~576

Can you please let me know the best way to do this ? Appreciate your help.

Warm Regards.

Last edited by Scott; 12-22-2012 at 09:37 AM.. Reason: Code tags
# 2  
Try:
Code:
#!/bin/ksh
for i in .[^.]*
do      
     echo mv "$i" "${i#.}"
done

I use the Korn shell. You can use any POSIX conforming shell by changing /bin/ksh in #!/bin/ksh to the pathname of the conforming shell you want to use. (And, remove the echo, when you have convinced yourself that the script correctly selects the files you want to move.)

Last edited by fpmurphy; 12-22-2012 at 11:07 AM..
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# 3  
Tried it but not working

Thanks Don.

I tried it to a sample hidden file, but the for loop doesnt identify the hidden file at all. I get the following when i run it:

Code:
$ ~/mvhidden
mv .. .


Following are the files in the directory
Code:
$ls -la
 
.test~HJKL~1234~435
.test~ABCD~5678~123
..
.

I want the above two hidden files to be converted to unhidden so that i can move them to another directory as unhidden.

I have your script like the following:


Code:
for i in .[^.]*
do
  echo mv "$i" "${i#.}"
done


Please help.

Last edited by Scott; 12-22-2012 at 09:40 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
# 4  
Quote:
$ ~/mvhidden
mv .. .
You cannot do that. "." and ".." are special. A single "." denotes the current directory and ".." denotes it's parent directory.
# 5  
Assuming all your file names are more than 2 char length:
Code:
#!/bin/ksh

printf "%s\n" .* | while read h_file                    # Reading all hidden file names
do
        r_file=$( echo "$h_file" | sed 's#^\.##g' )     # Removing the leading period sign
        if [ ${#r_file} -gt 2 ]                         # Checking if length is greater than 2
        then
                echo "mv $h_file $r_file"
        fi
done

Note: Remove the highlighted echo if the output is as expected.
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# 6  
Works like a charm

Spot on, bipinajith. Worked like charm.

Thanks a bunch for your help.Smilie
# 7  
Quote:
Originally Posted by umesh.narain
Thanks Don.

I tried it to a sample hidden file, but the for loop doesnt identify the hidden file at all. I get the following when i run it:

Code:
$ ~/mvhidden
mv .. .


Following are the files in the directory
Code:
$ls -la
 
.test~HJKL~1234~435
.test~ABCD~5678~123
..
.

I want the above two hidden files to be converted to unhidden so that i can move them to another directory as unhidden.

I have your script like the following:


Code:
for i in .[^.]*
do
  echo mv "$i" "${i#.}"
done


Please help.
I note that you left out the #!/bin/ksh line that I had in the script I gave you.

In my test directory, where the output from the command:
Code:
ls -1ad .*

is:
Code:
.
..
.find~9876~576
.report~5678~123
.test~1234~567

the output from my script running on OS X is:
Code:
mv .find~9876~576 find~9876~576
mv .report~5678~123 report~5678~123
mv .test~1234~567 test~1234~567

I'm glad that bipinajith's script worked for you, but I'd still like to know why ksh or bash on AIX didn't work for you. What shell did you use? What happens if you run the command:
Code:
ksh NameOfFileContainingMyScript

instead of:
Code:
~/mvhidden

Note that ~/mvhidden runs a command found in your home directory; did you by any chance have different versions of mvhidden in different directories?

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