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RE: window command in bash

On Tue, 18 Jul 2006, Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] wrote:

> McGraw, Robert P. wrote:
> > I have a window command that I want to execute in a bash script.
> >
> > In my .bat file the command is
> >
> > 	AgBackup.exe /notext c:\Alligate\agbackupfiles
> >
> > I tried to execute this command in a bash window and the command
> > works but is does not seem to recognize the parameters. The
> > "c:\alligate...." is the path where a backup is written. In the bash
> > script the backup file is written in the default location.
> [snip]
> > In a shell script what is the proper way to pass parameters to a
> > window program?
> A Windows program will think that /cygdrive/c/Alligate/agbackupfiles are
> options, not a path.
> Did you quote the path or escape the backslashes to protect the
> backslashes from the shell interpreting them as escape characters?
> E.g.,
> 	AgBackup.exe /notext 'c:\Alligate\agbackupfiles'
> or
> 	AgBackup.exe /notext "c:\Alligate\agbackupfiles"

A minor correction: you still need to escape the backslashes when using
double quotes, so the right way is

	AgBackup.exe /notext "c:\\Alligate\\agbackupfiles"

> or
> 	AgBackup.exe /notext c:\\Alligate\\agbackupfiles
> You should read <>
> in the Cygwin User's Guide <>, and
> especially
> <>.

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