Bash puzzle: Spaces, environment variables and tab completion

Gary R. Van Sickle
Tue Dec 3 23:05:00 GMT 2002

[snip $PF is a path with spaces]

> So, I ask the list:
>         Can you define $PF so that cd $PF;
>         ls $PF/Games; and ls $PF/G<tab> all work???

Yep: use single-quotes ('), not double (").  And ask not why; there are none
alive who understand the seemingly random shell quoting rules.

Note also that this doesn't do what one needs it to in all circumstances (FOR
NAME in $LIST_OF_PATHS_WITH_SPACES... comes to mind); in such cases you must
resort to the very useful "cygpath" utility (q.v.).

Gary R. Van Sickle
Brewer.  Patriot.

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