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Re: Does cygstart always expand arguments?
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Jim Kleckner <jek-cygwin at kleckner dot net>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 17:39:07 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: Re: Does cygstart always expand arguments?
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Tue, 13 May 2003, Jim Kleckner wrote:
> I was trying to get cygpath and cygstart to launch
> a non-cygwin-compiled program (gvim) and running
> into difficulties with files that have spaces in
> them. e.g.:
> echo hello > "file with spaces.txt"
> cygstart gvim "file with spaces.txt"
> causes gvim to see three files, "file",
> "with", and "spaces.txt".
> Is this a basic Windows limitation or is there
> some hack to get around this? cygstart appears to
> be the dead end.
> Thanks - Jim
I think you're confused about what cygstart does. Cygstart is for
situations when, given a data file, you want to run the associated
application, like double-clicking it in explorer. While you can use it to
launch .exe's (by definition), it's probably not what you want in this
case. Try invoking gvim without cygstart, i.e., simply
$ gvim "file with spaces.txt"
Hope this helps,
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