find files in sub dir with tag & add "." at the beginning [tag -f "Note" . | xargs -0 {} mv {} .{}]

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Old 01-23-2020
find files in sub dir with tag & add "." at the beginning [tag -f "Note" . | xargs -0 {} mv {} .{}]

I am trying find files in sub dir with certain tags using tag command, and add the period to the beginning. I can't use chflags hidden {} cause it doesn't add period to the beginning of the string for web purpose. So far with my knowledge, I only know mdfind or tag can be used to search files with tags in Mac OS x.

my current closest command is this (doesn't work):

tag -f "Note" . | xargs -0 {} mv {} .{}

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Last edited by Nexeu; 01-24-2020 at 12:48 AM..
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Old 01-24-2020

in order for xargs to use NUL character as separator, the utility before the pipe needs to produce them.


mdfind -0 -onlyin . "Note" | xargs -0 -I {} echo {}

tag -0 -f "Note" . | xargs -0 -I {} echo {}

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 01-24-2020 at 02:17 AM..
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Old 01-24-2020
Hi Scrutinizer,

Thanks for the quick response.

for tag command :
tag -0 -f "Note" . | xargs -0 -I {} echo {}

It only echo out a list of files including directories. Something like this /dir/dir/dir/file.ext.

So when I try to do:

tag -0 -f "Note" . | xargs -0 -I {} rename -n 's/^/\./' {}

the out put came out like :
'/dir/dir/dir/file.ext' would be renamed to './dir/dir/dir/file.ext'

but I want the result to be :
'/dir/dir/dir/file.ext' would be renamed to '/dir/dir/dir/.file.ext'

For mdfind, I modified the code to be like this to echo out the list:
mdfind -0 "kMDItemUserTags == 'Note'" | xargs -0 -I {} echo {}

But still no luck of adding '.' to the file only at the beginning.
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Old 01-24-2020
If you use this:

Then the . is added at the beginning of the path.
To add it to the last item in the path, try:

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 01-24-2020 at 03:13 AM..
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Old 01-24-2020
I tired :
tag -0 -f "Note" . | xargs -0 -I {} rename -n 's|.*/|$0/.|' {}

It starts to add the '.' to the file, however it removed out the subdirectory completely like this:
'/dir/dir/dir/dir/file.txt' would be renamed to '/usr/local/bin/rename/.file.ext'

# 6  
Old 01-24-2020
Try this instead:

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Old 01-24-2020
It works! Thank you so much Scrutinizer!

So the solution is as follows:
tag -0 -f "Note" . | xargs -0 -I {} rename 's|(.*)/|$1/.|' {}

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