I'm probably doing something obvious wrong here.
In $HOME/.bash_profile I've added (note the space in the path):

export PROJ="~/Documents/project livefeed"

After that I get:

➜  ~ cd $PROJ                  
cd: no such file or directory: ~/Documents/project livefeed

Any idea what's wrong? I've attempted adding a backslash before the space between the quotes, but this didn't help either.

The folder exists:

➜  ~ cd ~/Documents/project\ livefeed
➜  project livefeed 

Also I applied:

➜  ~ source $HOME/.bash_profile

~ doesn't get expanded inside "". To make it work, use

export PROJ=~/"Documents/project livefeed"
  • I've tried this, but it also didn't work. – Kim Gysen Mar 16 '18 at 19:08
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    Did you try it as: cd "$PROJ"? – Jeff Schaller Mar 19 '18 at 0:20

This is a charming feature (or woeful wart) of POSIX shells. You'll need to always quote the $PROJ variable (so cd "$PROG" everywhere and time you interpolate that variable) or instead use some other shell such as ZSH that does not do the POSIX word split thing.

% mkdir "a dir"
% dir="a dir"
% cd $dir
% pwd
/Users/jhqdoe/tmp/a dir
% cd ..
% bash
bash-3.2$ dir="a dir"
bash-3.2$ cd $dir
bash: cd: a: No such file or directory
bash-3.2$ exit
  • Well it's a coincidence, I use zsh, but it doesn't work. Can you post the solution in terms of what I have? I've tried adding quotes cd "$PROJ"but this isn't working either. – Kim Gysen Mar 15 '18 at 19:42
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    I suspect the quoted ~ is the problem here. – Jeff Schaller Mar 15 '18 at 19:44
  • @JeffSchaller When changing to the actual /Users/username directory it isn't actually working either. I guess that I miss the complete solution here, probably missing something obvious. – Kim Gysen Mar 15 '18 at 19:52
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    Since the error message in the question includes the space, this is clearly not the issue. – Michael Homer Mar 15 '18 at 21:02

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