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Re: dealing with spaces in paths

David Bear wrote:
Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:

David Bear wrote:
I'm attempting to script building mount points in order to handle spaces
in file names. So I do something like this:

homedir=`cygpath -w $USERPROFILE`
mount -buf "\"$homedir\" $HOME/myh

When I echo the mount command to the syntax looks correct.

However, when I actually run the mount command via the script I get the
message there are not enough parameters, like mount is not getting what
it needs.

Dealing with spaces is a huge pain... but this seems be one way to handle
them. Any idea why mount is unhappy when scripted as shown above?

Quote $USERPROFILE.  Loose the '\'s around $homedir.  Make sure that there
is only 1 quote preceding $homedir.

since the homedir does have spaces in it, you need to enclose it in quotes to prevent mount for assuming that each separate word in the path is a new mount point. There is a sample of it at

the \" escapes the " so that it is passed through to the command line the
script generates.

when I leave out the quotes -- I get multiple lines and multiple errors from
the script.

That's why I said to quote USERPROFILE. I guess I should have included my version of your script, which worked fine for me:

homedir=`cygpath -w "$USERPROFILE"`
mount -buf "$homedir" "$HOME"/myh

This is recreated from memory because I don't have access to Cygwin now.
But this is essentially what worked fine for me last night.  Note, the
quote around USERPROFILE is important.

Larry Hall                    
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