Rsyncing Windows directory to a Linux box: problem with spacesin directory names

Max Kipness mkipness at
Wed Dec 17 13:08:53 EST 2003

> On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 09:05:50AM +0900, Charles Nadeau wrote:
> > backup=`cat /etc/snapshot/include.text` rsync -va [...] $backup 
> > $backuproot/$type.1/
> This is entirely a shell issue -- the shell you are using is 
> splitting the args at all whitespace, and you need to tell it 
> to stop.  In fact, in some shells $backup would always refer 
> to a single arg unless you run the line through an extra 
> "eval ..." sequence (bourne shell and bash does way too much 
> word splitting for my tastes, for instance).
> One option is to use a more advanced shell expansion of the 
> file into args.  In zsh (my shell of choice), you can do 
> something like this:
>   rsync -va --OPTIONS "${(f)$(</path/include.text)}" 
> $backuproot/$type.1/
> This takes the contents of the include.text file, splits in 
> by lines, and quotes each one as a separate arg.  If you're 
> not using zsh, perhaps someone familar with the shell you are 
> using can assist you with something similar.
> Another option is to upgrade to the CVS version (available in 
> the near future as version 2.6.0) and use the --files-from 
> option to specify your files (since it already parses the 
> names one per line).


Based on what was just said above, I am using Bash version 2.05b.0(1),
and no extra configs for splitting are necessary as it splits
appropriately at the end of the line.


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