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Bash puzzle: Spaces, environment variables and tab completion
- From: James Shaw <qumqam at yahoo dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 22:09:52 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: Bash puzzle: Spaces, environment variables and tab completion
I have been using cygwin for several months, and
there is something that I haven't been able to
figure out how to do: effectively use spaces in
bash environment varibles.
I realize this is basically a bash question
and isn't cygwin specific, but I'm sure more
cygwin users have to deal with spaces in bash
than the typical bash user.
What I want to do is define an environment
variable so I can easily cd or ls. E.g.
% PF="/cygdrive/c/Program Files"
% cd $PF
% ls $PF/Games
% ls $PF/G<tab completion!>
The above is close, I can
% cd "$PF"; ls "$PF"/Games; and even
ls "$PF"/G<tab> however, the quotes are clunky.
My kludge to avoid the quotes is:
which allows cd $PF; ls $PF/Games,
but stops bash in its tracks on tab completion.
Since I would find this very handy, I've spent
some time on trying to make this work. I've tried
various quoting schemes, but with no luck.
So, I ask the list:
Can you define $PF so that cd $PF;
ls $PF/Games; and ls $PF/G<tab> all work???
I usually like to puzzle these out for myself, but
in this case, I'm stumped.
Thanks for your help,
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