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I am having difficulty using xargs with files with ', is there a way to by pass this problem?

$ find . | xargs -I FILE echo FILE

xargs: unterminated quote

file name

$ ls

mike's sample 16

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You may use the NUL character to separate the file names:

$find . -print0 | xargs -0 echo 
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  • what if i want to rename them like this | xargs -I FILE mv FILE <new_name> – user2167582 Dec 2 '16 at 5:09
  • @user2167582 if that's what you want to do, look into the -exec parameter of find , that's the preferred way. but if you must use xargs: find . -print0 | xargs -0 -I FILE mv FILE newname, but this will only work if find returns 1 file only. – Dave.d Dec 2 '16 at 5:18

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