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Re: [opensuse] Another Bash scripting question
  • From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 07:00:51 -0700
  • Message-id: <200805170700.51646.rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 17 May 2008 06:33, Rodney Baker wrote:
Hi all.

I have a few directories containing wav files that have been ripped
from CDs and I'm trying to write a script to invoke sox to convert
them to mp3 format.

The filenames have whitespaces and hyphens in them e.g. 'artist - 01
- title with many words.wav'. I tried the following script but I'm
obviously doing something wrong...


for file in `find * -print0 | xargs --null`

The way you're using xargs is essentially a no-op here, since the output
is no different than if you skipped the xargs part.

However, if you put the action code into a separately executable script
file that takes multiple arguments and gave that command to xargs,
you'd have what you want.

So if your script was something like this:

#!/bin/bash --norc

for arg; do

# Do stuff with "$arg" (always quote it!)


Then just invoke it like this:

% for file in $(find * -print0 | xargs --null scriptName)

do {

By the way, these braces are redundant.


I seem to be just going around in circles here. Any suggestions will
be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Randall Schulz
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