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Re: quoting windows pathnames
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: "Charles D. Russell" <worwor at bellsouth dot net>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 15:41:55 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: Re: quoting windows pathnames
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Mon, 26 May 2003, Charles D. Russell wrote:
> Since switching to Windows XP, I am forced to use pathnames with spaces. In
> .profile, how do you quote a pathname with spaces so that cd $DIRNAME and
> ls $DIRNAME will work? I can write a $DIRNAME that will work in makefiles
> or when invoked from the bash shell as ls "$DIRNAME", but I can't find a way
> that lets me omit the quotes when using ls from the shell prompt.
You really should use double quotes -- that's what they're there for.
You can avoid having to use pathnames with spaces with judicious use of
"mount" and/or symlinks. If you really, really, have to use pathnames
with spaces AND not use double quotes at the prompt, you may try the
$ alias ls='eval /bin/ls'
$ export DIRNAME='"/cygdrive/c/Program Files"'
$ ls $DIRNAME
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Hope this helps,
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