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Re: cygwin programs called from non-cygwin programs mauling \" in args

On Jan 20 01:41, Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2005 at 10:26:13AM +0100, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > Yitzchak,
> > 
> > On Jan 19 15:34, Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes wrote:
> > > > $ ./nocygparent cygchild
> > > > [a\b"c]
> > > 
> > > Can anybody else confirm this?
> > 
> > I can.  I already had a look into this.
> Wonderful!  Thanks a lot!
> > The command line handling in
> > Cygwin is different from the command line handling in MingW or, FWIW,
> > VC++ CLI applications.
> > 
> > The question is if we really should align the rules how a native
> > command line is evaluated by a Cygwin process should be aligned
> > to Windows rules or not.
> I'd be happy with \" coming out either as " or as \".  But just \ is just
> a little too weird for me (aside from the trouble it's causing me).

Ok, just to explain what happens right now:

The evaluation algorithm allows two different types of quoting, using
single (') or double (") quotes.  Backslashes are not treated as
escape characters outside of quotes.  So what happens is that the
first backslash is treated as backslash (path separator from the
native perspective, then a double quote quoting starts, the next
backslash is treated as escape for the following double quote, only
leaving the double quote.  Since there's no further double quote, the
quoting stops at the end of the string.

Compared with Windows native rules:

The evaluation algorithm allows only double quotes as quoting character.
Backslashes only escape quotes.  Any number of backslashes is treated
literally, unless followed by a double quote.  In that case, each pair
of backslashes is treated as one backslash and a remaining \" is treated
as escaped double quote character.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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