inline-detox(1) clean up filenames (stream-based)


[-hnLrv ] [-s sequence ] [-f configfile ] file ...


The utility can remove spaces and other such annoyances from streams. It'll also translate or cleanup Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) characters encoded in 8-bit ASCII, Unicode characters encoded in UTF-8, and CGI escaped characters. Basically its detox, but does not operate on files.


is driven by a configurable series of filters, called a sequence. Sequences are covered in more detail in detoxrc(5) and are discoverable with the -L option. Some examples of default sequences are iso8859_1 and utf_8


The main options:

-f configfile
Use configfile instead of the default configuration files for loading translation sequences. No other config file will be parsed.
-h -help
Display helpful information.
List the currently available sequences. When paired with -v this option shows what filters are used in each sequence and any properties applied to the filters.
Recurse into subdirectories.
-s sequence
Use sequence instead of default.
Be verbose about which files are being renamed.
Show the current version of .

Deprecated Options

Deprecated Options are options that were available in earlier versions of but have lost their meaning and are being phased out.

Removes _ and - after .'s in filenames. This was first provided in the 0.9 series of . After the introduction of sequences, it lost its meaning, as you could now determine the properties of wipeup through a particular sequence's configuration. It presently forces all instances of the wipeup filter to use remove trailing, regardless of what's actually in the config files.


The system-wide detoxrc file.
A user's personal detoxrc. Normally it extends the system-wide detoxrc, unless -f has been specified, in which case, it is ignored.
The default ISO 8859-1 translation table.
The default Unicode (UTF-8) translation table.


echo "Foo Bar" | -s iso8859_1 -v
Will run the sequence iso8859_1 listing any changes and returning the result to STDOUT.


detox was originally designed to clean up files that I had received from friends which had been created using other operating systems. It's trivial to create a filename with spaces, parenthesis, brackets, and ampersands under some operating systems. These have special meaning within FreeBSD and Linux, and cause problems when you go to access them. I created to clean up these files.


was written by An Doug Harple .


Long options don't work under Solaris or Darwin.

An error in the config file will cause a segfault as it's going to print the offending word within the config file.