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I need to duplicate and rename an image using a list of SKU codes from a spreadsheet as the unique name for each image. I have used the script from this answer Automate Duplicating and Renaming Images. I removed the filename line and changed "$line-$filename" to "$line". It works almost as expected but adds a ? to the end of every file, so it isn't saving as a .png, rather it saves as a .png?.

How do I get rid of the question mark...is there a simple fix to the script below or is it an issue with the txt file of SKU codes? Is it an encoding issue? Thank you so much.

    #!/bin/bash
    file=$1
    prefixes=$2
    while read line
    do
      cp $file "$line"
    done < $prefixes
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Your txt file probably has DOS/Windows-style line endings, which have a carriage return character at the end of each line (in addition to the linefeed that unix-style text files have). Unix tools generally mistake the carriage return for part of the line's content, and I suspect that's the extra character getting added to the filenames. You can check with file prefixfile.txt (or whatever the filename is); if it says something about "CRLF line terminators", this is the problem.

If that is the problem, you can have the read command strip the extra character with:

...
while IFS=$IFS$'\r' read -r line
do
    ...

Explanation: The read command will trim whitespace at the beginning and end of lines. Whitespace is defined by the contents of the IFS variable. Using IFS=$IFS$'\r' adds carriage return to the list of whitespace characters, so read will trim it.

Messing with IFS is generally a bad idea, since it can have weird effects, but in this case the assignment is a prefix to the read command, so it only affects that one command. This makes it much safer.

  • This fixed the issue. Thank you very, very much. – Hebbison Sep 27 '20 at 23:45

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