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UGU: Unix Guru Universe - Unix Tip #4494- July 1, 2013 - Home : Help : Today's Tip
Unix Tip #4494- July 1, 2013

RENAMING UNPRINTABLE DIRECTORIES


This happened just the other day,
and wanted to make it available.

We discovered a directory with
no name or unprintable characters:

foohost# ls -ail
208978 drwxr-xr-x 1 2430 Aug 3 13:08
209299 drwxr-xr-x 24 3287 Oct 25 1993 .
208946 drwxr-xr-x 49 447 Jun 22 1993 ..

Using the '-i' option in ls
provided the inode of the directory.
We then were able to move the
directory to another name so we
could see what was in it using
a find command:

foohost# find . -inum 208946 -exec mv {} new.dir \;

Worked like a charm.

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