whitespace in variables (tsch)

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Feb 11 23:20:00 GMT 2008

On Feb 11 11:59, Christopher Stack wrote:
> first time cygwin user and im running into a problem when setting
> location variables on a pc.  since the pc uses whitespace (like
> c:/Program Files), setting a variable as a direction to this location
> seems impossible.  how do you get tsch to parse the variable properly?
>  i've been searching google for the past two days and can't find a
> solution.  it would seem other should have run into this previously,
> no?
> and yes, please i've already heard all the arguments against
> programming in csh and if i knew bash i'd use it.  thanks in advance
> for not being *that* person.

The secret buzzword is "quoting".  In every shell.  On every OS.
This is not Cygwin specific.  I typed the below in a tcsh on Linux.

  tcsh$ cd /tmp
  tcsh$ mkdir foo\ bar
  tcsh$ setenv DIR "foo bar"
  tcsh$ cd $DIR
  cd: Too many arguments.
  tcsh$ cd "$DIR"
  tcsh$ pwd
  /tmp/foo bar


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