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

Wayne Davison wayned at
Wed Dec 17 13:40:52 EST 2003

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 08:08:53PM -0600, Max Kipness wrote:
> 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.

No, bash splits on all whitespace by default.  Take a file like this:

    one two three
    four five six
    seven eight nine

put it in a var:

    foo=`cat file`

and then expand it:

    echo $foo

This echo command gets 9 separate args.  If you use this:

    echo "$foo"

This echo command gets just 1 arg (with spaces and newlines included).

However, if you set IFS to contain just a newline, then the unquoted
$foo reference returns 3 args.  So, that's one possible bash solution.


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