At this moment I have:

screen -p 'ScreenName' -x eval 'stuff '"'"$@"'"'\015'
echo eval 'stuff '"'"$@"'"'\015'

But when I call my script as:

# script.sh asd "asd" 'asd'

my arguments passed as: asd asd asd

and I get output:

eval stuff 'asd asd asd'\015

I except a: asd "asd" 'asd'

How I can change my script to pass whole arguments line with all quotes?

3 Answers 3


Your shell is not passing the quotes through to the script. If you want to pass quotes, escape them with a backslash:

# ./script.sh asd \"asd\" \'asd\'
  • 1
    It's not what I want, but anyway there are no other solutions (spent whole night searching). Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 6:50
  • what is the solution
    – Jason
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 20:57
sh -c "screen -x 'ScreenName' -X eval 'stuff \"$@\"\015'"

Note: this does not work in plain shell but in Bash

The only solution is to indicate to your shell that these are not syntax but actual content, like this :

script.sh $'asd "asd" \'asd\''
#         ^^          ^    ^ ^
#         ||          |    | |
#         12          3    3 2

1: prefixing a string by $ change its meaning, allowing to backslash-escape quotes, cf https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/30904/383566
2: enclosing the value between single quotes indicate to the shell that it must be treated as a single argument
3: backslash-escaping the single quote, because it is used as enclosing syntax (see 2)

Proof :

# defining a function to test
> function count_and_print_args() {  # if not using bash, remove the "function"
        echo $#  # print the number of arguments
        for arg in "$@"  # for each of all arguments
                echo "$arg"  # print the argument on a newline
> count_and_print_args
> count_and_print_args a b c
> count_and_print_args $'asd "asd" \'asd\''
asd "asd" 'asd'

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