Ubuntu :: Deleting File While Renaming / Recover These?

Feb 25, 2011

This has happened twice to me. I'm editing a filename on the desktop, for example, I have a part of the name highlighted and press delete. Inadvertently, I press delete again, but with nothing highlighted. The file is deleted, but is not added to the recycle bin (possible bug).

I believe that is what is happening. I cannot seem to recreate it purposefully on my work computer --I had done this at home this morning while sans-coffee.

Is there a way to recover the files?

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General :: Recover From Deleting Partition

Apr 4, 2010

I have deleted the ubuntu partition on my xp pc. Now at restart i have the following:
GRUB loading.
error: no such partition
grub rescue>
I have no idea what to do now. I have downloaded super grub - because one of the pages that i googled said it would help - but my pc does not read from either the cd or usb drives - don't know why.I need this pc recovered today .

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Ubuntu :: Accidental Deleting Window Os - Recover Files?

Sep 21, 2010

I installed ubuntu 10.10 beta. But i thought it replaced ubuntu 10.04, well it did but i whiped my whole harddrive instead. Can I recover my window 7 that i once had? I accidental installed my linux using up the whole drive. i have alot of server cfg and other stuff such as pic and document.

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Ubuntu :: Renaming The Smb.conf File?

Apr 5, 2011

I am trying to follow the instructions in the smb.conf file which says, "name original file smb.conf.master and create the "real" config file with test parm -s smb.conf.master >smb.conf".

First I made myself the owner of the smb.conf file. Then I tried to rename the smb.conf file to smb.conf.master. When I try to do this with: rename smb.conf smb.conf.master the result is: Bareword "smb" not allowed while "strict subs" in use at (eval 1) line 1.Bareword "conf" not allowed while "strict subs" in use at (eval 1) line 1.

Can someone tell me what this means, (why it is happening) and what do I need to do in order to rename the smb.conf file to smb.conf.master.

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General :: Renaming A File Other Than Using Mv?

May 28, 2011

I was wondering is there another way of renaming a file aside from using mv in linux?

For example changing /home/usr/blah.txt to something like -home-usr-blah.txt

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General :: Renaming File Right Access?

Apr 13, 2011

the permission of 'renaming a file' is included in which right: 'read', 'write' or 'execute'

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Ubuntu :: Renaming All Files In Directory But Leave The File Extension Alone?

May 22, 2010

how can I rename all files in a directory up to the first dot (there by leaving the file extension alone) to the same thing? Im trying to rename all my media files and associated files in a directory to (preferably) the name of the directory it self. if I have


A Clockwork Orange -

Id like to automatically mass rename them all to


A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange.cd1.avi
A Clockwork Orange.cd2.avi
A Clockwork Orange.nfo
A Clockwork Orange.fanart.jpg
A Clockwork Orange.tbn

I have rename on my server which I used to remove underscores from file names, but I dont know how I would use it to rename everything up to the first period. Bonus points for renaming stuff to the name of the parent folder!

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Apr 11, 2011

that works to disallow non-owners from renaming the file, but what I wouldlike to do is disallow EVERYONE ( including the owner of the file ) fromediting, moving, or changing the filename once it is created. the only personwho should be able to make those changes is a special user.

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General :: Specific File Name Renaming In All Sub Directories?

Apr 4, 2011

I have a dir (pub_html) with 45 sub dirsand in each there is a file with name file123.html) what command can I use to rename all files with this name in all sub dirs to file456.html ? I'm on opensuse 11.3

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Programming :: File Renaming Based On A Pattern Match

Jan 8, 2011

What I am attempting to do is rename some television shows into the format that my PVR will understand for the naming convention. I have a script that cleans them up about 95%, now I just cant figure out the last little detail..

For example: NCIS_01.mkv
I think it can be done in sed, but I just figure out how. I need it to be renamed to: NCIS_s01e01.mkv

How can I make sed (or something else) match the last "_" and any numbers after it until the period and then insert text between them reliably?

Depending on the show, it can be something like: This_show_name_243.avi so I need it to be more flexible than I can figure out how to do..

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General :: Copy A File X Times Renaming It With All Alphabet Letter?

Sep 11, 2011

this seems to be a strange question, i know. I've a database sqlite file called "a.db".I need to copy it 20 times (1 time for each letter of the alphabet) to have : b.db, c.db , d.db.

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General :: Renaming Files With Sed - Mv: Missing Destination File Operand After `$i'

Mar 20, 2011

Today i am trying to learn how to use sed. I set up a testing folder with the following files:


My goal is to create a script (test.sh) which renames all the files to their original name without AA. I want to end up with this:


sed seemed to be the perfect tool so i went ahead and created a script which i think should clear the job.


mv: missing destination file operand after `$i' From that 2nd line i can tell that $NewName is just empty. I also read something about sed needing the -e option for scripting purposes but i just don't understand it.

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Ubuntu :: Deleting File With '' In The Name

May 27, 2011

I tried running a back-up/restore script in a WordPress install to migrate from one server to another... long story made short, I ended up doing it manually and all is well on that front

The one remnant from that botched script is that it tried creating a directory 'wp-backup' and then a file inside that directory - but it tried using '' instead of '/'. So what it created was a file named 'wp-backupindex.php' with a file size of 0 bytes.

The problem is thus: I can't change the permissions nor delete the file, because of the invalid file name. I don't have direct shell access (that cost *extra*, of course) and every time I try with the web-based file manager (Quixplorer) it sees it as 'wp-backupindex.php', as though the '' is acting as an escape sequence in the file name. Same thing in FileZilla, I can't do anything to the file without it complaining about the invalid file name.

how to ixnay this one file given the limitations above (no shell access) short of calling and bugging tech support to delete the file for me?

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Nov 14, 2010

i waas wondering if anyone knew of a script or program that removes duplicate words in a txt file. im making an install script and the install list has gotten a bit long so i want to ensure there are no duplicates in the file

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Feb 10, 2011

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 and 10.04 on two different computers.I have the same problem with both .... when I delete a file on my hard drive or a removable drive I dont get the space back even after I empty the trash.The file is gone and deleted but its as if its only hidden from me seeing it and still sitting on my drive.For example when I have files on a thumb drive and I delete them and try and put new files on there it will tell me I dont have enough disk space even though all files have been deleted, the only way for me to get the disk space back is to format the drive.I have now realized I have the same problem with my hard drives, I delete files but I dont get any space back, eventually I will have a full hard drive but no files on there

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Jan 10, 2011

I used the ext3 format when I formatted my partition prior to installing Ubuntu10.10. I had accidentally deleted a file and began the process to get it back. It wasn't critical but helpful to recover the file. To make a long story short I ran into to some unexpected road blocks. I tried to use PhotoRec to get the job done but with no success.

I'm just looking down the road in the event I might have to recover something important.If it would be better going back to the Fat32 file system I would rather do it sooner than later. Just as a side note I am dual booting between linux and windows.

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Jan 26, 2010

I have found a file beginning with a question mark in my home dir, not sure how the hell it got there. It's from a downloaded rar i think.

Does anyone know how to do this?

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Mar 27, 2010

rm [non-empty directory's name] -r

....and not....

rmdir [non-empty directory's name]-i


rmdir [non-empty directory's name} -ir


I just downloaded and innstalled 11.2 about 6 weeks ago, and Have updated several times since... I was very frustrated and found that I did in fact have the proper pernissions to delete this directory. I checked multiple forums for much longer than I would like to admit, and they kept telling me to use (in the end) the same commands.....I finally stumbled upon a forum that again told me to use rm [nonempty directory's name] ...and viola

my /bash can't be outdated can it

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Mar 31, 2010

Currently, I'm working on personal project. and I'm kinda stuck. What I want to do is that open a file, and edit that file (deleting unwanted characters). The problem arises after I deleted unwanted characters, the file still has the same length of the original one. Let's assume that we have a file with "1234" in it. I deleted "3" ( I overwrite "\0" ) so now when I check the file, it's 124. But when I check the length, the both have the same size as 4

Here is an example source code
int length, length2;
num = open("a.dat", 2)
length = lseek(num, 0, 2); // Initial length
lseek(num, 2, 0); // editing
write(num, "\0", 1);
length2 = lseek(num, 0, 2); // Final length

When I print those values those are exactly the same. Length2 should be one less than length, but the both are 4. What's wrong in m code? Am I supposed to use different character rather than "\0"?

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Mar 10, 2011

I am facing some problem regarding deletion of a line from a text file. The file consists of the lines of type which consists of more than 6 occurrences of : character in it. The line should be deleted completely and the line next to it must be shifted up.

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Dec 18, 2010

I had copied oracle setup in the root. Now want to delete it. I tried the following commands, but couldn't succeed:

rm -R oracle-xe-univ-
rm: cannot remove `oracle-xe-univ-': No such file or directory

While this file there only in file system.

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Aug 4, 2009

I am trying to delete these symbols "[ ]" from a file but it says string not found. I tried: %s/[//g while editing the file not working also tried sed -e '/[/d' and sed '/]/d' still no job.

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Sep 3, 2009

I have two text file named 1.txt & 2.txt.

1. txt contains 5 laks of mobile number.
2. txt has 60 laks of mob no.

Situation is that I want to find and delete numbers in 2.txt which already in 1.txt. Any perl or bash script or any other way to get the work done.

I tried the following:
#! /bin/bash
' for NAME in $(cat one.txt)
do sed -ie "|^$NAME$|d" two.txt done
echo "***DONE***"

It works well with smaller file but it take very very long time even processing 10 thousand numbers.

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Feb 18, 2010

In my command prompt I did:


sed 's/://' mytextfile > newtextfile

But it only deleted the first instance of : in each line when some lines have multiple : appearing in each one. How can I delete all the : from the entire file?

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Jun 6, 2010

I have a file which contains milion of records. It contains 12 columns seperated by "||" (delimeter).

First two fields contain first name and last name of a person. Now my requirement is to delete all those records from this file for which:

First two fields does not contain any alphabet.

For e.g i have below mentioned records in file:


Now, last two lines should be removed from this file since first two fields does not contain any alphabet for these two records.

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May 19, 2010

I have a very, very large log file (360MB) that I'm trying to thin out. As it turns out the majority of this file has entries that aren't necessary so I'm attempting to build a command that will strip these out. The following command works to display only the data that I do not want:

cat xml_results.log | grep -B 6 -A 5 "YYY ZZZ"

This displays exactly the data I want to delete from the file by displaying the expression and six lines above it and five lines below it. However I'm at a loss as to how to remove this data from the output and display everything else. I looked into the -v option with grep redirecting the output to a new file:

cat xml_results.log | grep -B 6 -A 5 -v "YYY ZZZ" > xml_filtered_results.log

However it doesn't work, the new file is the same size as the old one. What am I doing wrong? Is there a better method of doing this? I'm a bit out of my element since the method I'd normally use can't handle files of this size.

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Jun 21, 2010

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Jan 3, 2010

How can i recover a file if i don't know the inode number of it? Is there a way of scanning the hard drive for inodes that has no reference?

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Jan 4, 2010

I have an Acer Aspire One running NBR 9.10. A few days ago it "went wonky", wouldn't boot and would just seem to start and then shut off before getting to the logon screen. I managed to boot from a USB stick and run check and fix in Gparted. It found a slew of errors in the file system. Unfortunately, it still won't boot, now it just hangs. I assume some of boot files were damaged.

Now I have two problems:

1. Is there a way to repair the damage? Or just wipe the disk and start over?

2. I need to get my e-mail off of the hard drive. I can mount the drive after booting from a USB stick, but the thunderbird directory is locked. Is there a way around this?

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Jul 22, 2010

I was editing a PHP file by FTP on my Ubuntu server, and for some reason it's saved an empty file. Is there any chance I could get the contents back? If not, I'll just have to revert to an older backup

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