detox  1.4.5
About: Detox is a utility designed to clean up filenames, especially those created on other operating systems.
  Fossies Dox: detox-1.4.5.tar.gz  ("unofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

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detox Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies detox-1.4.5.tar.gz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).


detox is a program that renames files to make them easier to work with under Unix and related operating systems. Spaces and various other unsafe characters (such as "$") get replaced with "_". ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) characters can be transliterated to ASCII, as can UTF-8 characters. More details are contained in the detox.1 man page.

Runtime Notes

The most important option to learn is -n, aka --dry-run. This will let you run detox without actually changing any files, so that you can get an idea of what detox is all about.

The simplest way to run detox is to just run it on a directory containing files that need work:

detox xfer_files/

You can also just to specify the filename:

detox my\ bad\ file.txt

You can also specify recursion (this works best on directories):

detox -r /music/transferred_from_elsewhere/


To build detox from source, run:

git clone
cd detox
autoreconf --install


Doug Harple