renaming many Chinese files

David Banning david+dated+1238555693.f4db0d at
Thu Mar 26 20:47:34 PDT 2009

that worked fine.  Thanks.
> Just a very quick thought (the first that pops into my mind): you could
> see which are the western characters that appear in the names, and then
> use sed to substitute all non-matching characters with nothing,
> something like:
> for i in *.jpg; do b="`echo $i | sed 's/[^CHAR_SET]//g'`"; mv $i $b; done
> (without
> forgetting, obviously, to add . to the CHAR_SET, something like:
> [^a-zA-Z0-9.]; if you figure out a less clumsy way, please, share!!)
> I'm guessing that the initial 'P123' is just an example, or this will
> horribly backfire. But I'm really, REALLY, taking a shot in the dark
> here... (if you already thought of this, and it just doesn't work,
> sorry for the useless pitch)
>> Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:57:51 -0400
>> To: questions at
>> From: david+dated+1238356671.fa5de5 at
>> CC: 
>> Subject: renaming many Chinese files
>> I have hundreds of jpg images where each image is named P123****.jpg
>> where the **** are chinese characters. I can't open the file - it
>> has to be renamed before I can open it. Evening if I could open it
>> I don't want the Chinese part as the name.
>> Each file starts with 3 or four western characters and then has 3 or
>> four chinese characters, before the western .jpg extension.
>> I want to to test each filename character by character
>> to see if it is western, and then when the first Chinese Character is 
>> found, have it simply rename the file to the 3 or four western-character 
>> name + .jpg
>> I can write most of the script but I don't know how to test for 
>> western and/or Chinese characters.
>> I could run a script that would simply rename all the files to 
>> a number in sequential order but I would rather use the existing
>> starting name of the file if possible.
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