On Sat, 23 Aug 2008 10:16:36 -0400, Thomas Dickey <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > spaces won't go away, and since they're legal in filenames, one may as > well handle them.
Well, it's completely possible to create a file name like: This is my *favourite* photo from "Cats" \ by Bob & Jane / my wife ~ 2008 `musical'.JPG What a fun handling this. :-) Call me old fashioned, but I don't mind making things more complicated than it should be. The space character is the command argument separator, as well as / is the root directory and * is "everything". Applications like xmms can even replace the _ by a space when showing the filename of an mp3 file (given that no ID3 tag is provided). So I avoid spaces generally, and when I get files with spaces, I do convert the names automatically. > A script like > > #!/bin/sh > for x in "$@" > do > echo $x > done > > handles quoting nicely enough (for spaces, anyway). ls will translate > some non-printing characters to printable; the 'find' program is a better > alternative if one must derive the list inside the program. That's correct; find can provide file names including paths and can furthermore explude directories from being in the list (-type f). In your script, $x contains the filename with spaces and should be passed as one value to the program called. -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"