When are Windows Short Path Names required

Chris Taylor chris@equate.dyndns.org
Mon Oct 24 11:09:00 GMT 2005

zzapper wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Oct 2005 17:26:50 -0700,  wrote:
>>zzapper wrote:
>>Sometimes it can be hard, especially when you are dealing with both
>>Cygwin and non-Cygwin programs, because the quoting rules differ.  But
>>it is always possible, and I can't believe that there exists a situation
>>where you are actually forced to use the short filename.  If you have
>>one, post it.
> See script below sja.exe is actually in program files, my kludge below was to use a mount (rather
> than the short name)
> (sja.exe is SQLYOG Job Agent)
> dirbackup="c:/backup/dosh/"
> eval filedate=$(date.exe '+%d%b%y')
> ls -l c:/backup/dosh/doshautoexport.sql
> sjaprog="/sqlyog/sja.exe"
> sjascript="c:/cygwin/usr/local/bin/sql/dosh-batch.xml"
> sjarun="$sjaprog $sjascript";
> $sjarun

Considering all this is doing is launching a statically located 
executable with a statically located script (xml) file, this seems 
overly complex..
Surely you could just do /cygdrive/c/Program\ Files/sqlyog/sja.exe 
c:/cygwin/usr/local/bin/sql/dosh-batch.xml ?
One question.. When you were trying with spaces.. Did you try escaping 
the \ ? (as in Program\\ Files)
I've found this to be necessary at times, though I can't remember an 
instance at the moment.
Does the command run from the console if you start it using the standard 



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