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clean up filenames (stream-based)


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


The inline-detox 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 it's detox, but does not operate on files.


inline-detox 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 inline-detox.

Deprecated Options

Deprecated Options are options that were available in earlier versions of inline-detox 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 inline-detox. 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 | inline-detox -s iso8859_1 -v

Will run the sequence iso8859_1 listing any changes and returning the result to STDOUT.

See Also

detox(1), detoxrc(5), detox.tbl(5).


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 inline-detox to clean up these files.


inline-detox was written by 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.

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February 11, 2021