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

Charles Nadeau charlesnadeau at
Wed Dec 17 15:33:36 EST 2003

Wayne Davison wrote:

> 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


How should I change this? By putting this line in my .bashrc:




> $foo reference returns 3 args.  So, that's one possible bash solution.
> ..wayne..

Charles-E. Nadeau Ph.D

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