Randomize files in a folder

I wanted to make a simple slideshow for a cheap Kindle turned photo frame in my office. Windows Movie Maker (free, already installed program) does not have a randomize function when importing photos. I had a lot of photos I wanted imported and I wanted them randomized. Movie Maker doesn’t include subfolders for some dumb reason, so I also needed a way to grab pictures from various directories and put them in a single directory.

My solution (not movie-maker specific) was to use bash combined with find, ln, and mv to get the files exactly how I want them. The process goes as follows:

  1. Create a temporary folder
  2. Use the find command to find files you want
    1. Use -type f argument to find only files (don’t replicate directory structure)
    2. Use the -exec argument to call the ln command to create links to each file found
    3. Use the -s argument of ln to create symbolic links
    4. Use the -b argument of ln to ensure duplicate filenames are not overwritten
  3. Invoke a one line bash command to randomize the filenames of those symbolic links

It worked beautifully. The commands I ended up using were as follows:

mkdir temp
cd temp
find /Pictures/2013/ -type f -exec ln -s -b {} . \;
#repeat for each subfolder as needed, unless you want all folders in which case you can just specify the directory beneath it.
find /Pictures/2014/ -type f -exec ln -s -b {} . \;
find /Pictures/2015/ -type f -exec ln -s -b {} . \;

for i in *.JPG; do mv "$i" "$RANDOM.jpg"; done
#repeat for all permutations. The -b argument of ln creates files with tildes in the extension - don't forget about them.
for i in *.jpg; do mv "$i" "$RANDOM.jpg"; done
for i in *.JPG~; do mv "$i" "$RANDOM.jpg"; done
for i in *.jpg~; do mv "$i" "$RANDOM.jpg"; done

The end result was a directory full of pictures with random filenames, ready to be dropped into any crappy slideshow making software of your choosing 🙂

Install Owncloud 8 on Centos 7

I recently needed to re-install my Owncloud VM. I’ve been on a CentOS kick lately so I decided to see if I could install OwnCloud 8 on a Centos 7 base install. It turned out to not be as easy as I thought it would be.

When I tried to install owncloud on my CentOS 7 system, I kept getting a 404 error message even though I followed the documentation outlined here.

It turns out that they changed where the RPM is held and apparently forgot to update the documentation. I discovered this by manually navigating to download.suse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community and browsing the directories. The documentation has you grab a repo from Centos_Centos-7 folder, which is broken. It looks like the proper directory is just Centos_7.

I had to remove the old repo, purge the cache, and try again. To do so, remove the .repo file and purge via yum:

cd /etc/yum.repos/d/
rm isv\:ownCloud\:community.repo
yum --enablerepo=isv_ownCloud_community clean metadata
wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/CentOS_7/isv:ownCloud:community.repo
yum install owncloud

The above procedure is what you should run if you’ve already tried to use the broken link in the documentation and failed. If you haven’t installed owncloud yet, do the following

cd /etc/yum.repos/d/
wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/CentOS_7/isv:ownCloud:community.repo
yum install owncloud