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Quoting a path that contains spaces, in FreeBSD - why doesn't it always work?

I have a directory on my FreeBSD server whose contents are created by Windows users over Samba. The filenames and paths within it sometimes contain spaces, as is common in the Windows world. I just ...
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Maintain filenames as separate arguments in successive commands

A disclaimer: This isn't related to one specific command like ls or grep, although I use them in the examples, this is more a bash thing. Let's say I want to see the file sizes, timestamps, and ...
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Change to a directory containing a space

I'm using a MacBook with OS X installed. I'm on Terminal trying to go to a directory. So I'm in Home and I use the command ls and there is a VirtualBox VMs directory. But when I try to do cd ...
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How to make xargs handle spaces and special chars from cat?

I have a file that contains a list of names. i.e.: Long Name One (001) Long Name Two (201) Long Name Three (123) ... with spaces and some special characters. I wanted to make directories out of ...
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bash error on eval containing blank space

I need to triggeer a bash passing parameter with a format [ variable_name="value" ] like this: ./test.sh ip='164.130.21.98' hostname='whatever' pwd='/test' ftpcmd='CWD debug' user='stefano' On test....
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Pass list of directories (that contain whitespaces) to a command in a script

For example, I want to execute the following within a shell script: tar cvpzf /destination/backup.tgz /directory\ one /directory\ two I wish to assign the list of paths (with whitespaces in them) to ...
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Why doesn't my function work with spaces? (cd, dirname) [duplicate]

I have had this function I use it very often and it works fine. Here it is: cdx () { cd `dirname $1` ; } However, this does not work with spaces. When I use it like this for example cdx ~/desktop/...
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bash question about if and then [duplicate]

I'm writing this in my script. It has other parts but I'm getting stuck on this part only. if [[$# == $year $month $day ]] ; then cal $day $month $year fi When I run this it give me this msg: ...
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Rename files with spaces in a BusyBox shell

I'm trying to rename some files on my Synology Diskstation via SSH. The available shell is the BusyBox built-in shell: BusyBox v1.16.1 (2013-04-16 20:13:10 CST) built-in shell (ash) The move command ...
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Brackets in if condition: why am I getting syntax errors without whitespace?

I am using the below script to move two days back when script runs at starting two days of the year and also check first and second days of every month and move two days back. if [$month="01"] &&...
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Why does my shell script choke on whitespace or other special characters?

Or, an introductory guide to robust filename handling and other string passing in shell scripts. I wrote a shell script which works well most of the time. But it chokes on some inputs (e.g. on some ...
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Why are bash tests so picky about whitespace?

As a primarily Java programmer, I find the bash if-then construct quite confusing, especially regarding whitespace. Can anyone explain why the first one works, but not the second or third? #works if [...
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Quoted vs unquoted string expansion

for i in $(xrandr); do echo "$i" ; done for i in "$(xrandr)"; do echo "$i"; done for i in "$(xrandr)"; do echo $i; done I understand why 1 differs from 2. But why does 3 give a different output from ...
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Removing all spaces, tabs, newlines, etc from a variable?

This is the error I am getting and it's failing because of a variable whose value is supposed to be 2 (I am getting this using a select * from tabel). I am getting spaces in that variable. + 0 != ...
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Using files that have spaces in their name in pipes [duplicate]

I have folder named play which contains a file damn file (with space). When I use find and pipe the output to tar: find play/ -name 'damn*' | tar cf archive.tar -T - It works perfectly. Why does ...