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Searches all files in the current directory for "category: linux" which can be saved to a text file grep -iRl "category: linux" ./

The listoffiles from above can be passed to the mv or cp command for file in cat listoffiles; do mv "$file" /path/of/destination ; done

rename "s/ //g" or rename "s/-- //g" to fill the spaces with -

If you don't have rename or prefer to use just the shell:

for f in *\ *; do mv "\(f" "\){f// /-}"; done

Broken down:

*\ * selects all files with a space in their name as input for the the for loop. The quotes around "$f" are important because we know there's a space in the filename and otherwise it would appear as 2+ arguments to mv. ${f//str/new_str} is a bash-specific string substitution feature. All instances of str are replaced with new_str.

To get the ^M character, type Control-v and hit Enter :%s/\r//g or %s/ //gc

I have a bunch of files in a directory, and I need to insert a line of text into each of them. They have essentially the following format:

 date: 2011-05-19
 layout: post
 title: Preparations
 category: blog
  - cycling

And I'd like to insert author: Flo before the tags:

for i in ; do sed -i 's/tags:/author: Flo\ntags:/' "i"; done

:%norm A*

This is what it means: % = for every line norm = type the following commands A* = append '*' to the end of current line

find . -type f -name 'words-to-be-replaced*' | while read FILE ; do newfile="\((echo \){FILE} |sed -e 's/words-to-be-replaced/replacedment-words-here/')" ; mv "\({FILE}" "\){newfile}" ;done