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handling spaces in variables
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- From: "Alexy Khrabrov" <deliverable@xxxxxxxxx>
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- Subject: handling spaces in variables
- Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:07:25 -0700
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I'm running zsh on MacOSX, and Mac generously sprinkles spaces in
system paths. Thus I had to painfully quote all cases where a
parameter or a variable is passed to system commands. I wonder
whether there's a way to minimize such quoting. Here's an example.
Some Leica cameras write a RAW file along with a JPG. The below
script takes a directory path as a parameter and creates a
subdirectory with the trailing name in a fixed central JPG Archive.
Then it moves all JPG files from the original directory to the newly
created one. The script ended up as follows:
mv "$1"/*.JPG "$TGT"
Basically, I have to quote a potentially space-containing variable
anywhere on the right-hand side, and when passing back so system
Can I somehow declare e.g. TGT a self-escaping variable and avoid
quoting it all the time? I.e., whever I now write "$TGT" on the RHS,
I'd write just $TGT, and zsh would supply the quotes?
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