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Re: bash and variable holding directories with spaces
- From: Brian Dessent <brian at dessent dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 15:26:36 -0800
- Subject: Re: bash and variable holding directories with spaces
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- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
> In the script, I am faced with this problem of defining the source
> directories (dirs on the remote machine to be backed up) in a bash
> variable. I want to define a variable DIRS so that it expands to:
> '/cygdrive/c/Documents\ and\ Settings /cygdrive/d/My\ Data'
> *with* the quotes, to copy "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings" and
> "/cygdrive/d/My Data" to my local machine. I want to use this variable
> in the rsync command, like so:
> rsync -av remotehost:$DIRS /mnt/backups
> I have tried a few ways to define the DIRS variable, but I am able to
> get quotes in the expanded value of the variable.
You have to quote $DIRS when you use it otherwise it will be expanded
into multiple words.
DIRS='/cygdrive/c/Documents\ and\ Settings /cygdrive/d/My\ Data'
rsync -av "remotehost:$DIRS" /mnt/backups
If it were me I think I'd just use mount to get rid of the spaces.
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