Windows/Cygwin directory name stuff
Fri Dec 31 13:28:00 GMT 1999
--- Paul Bailey <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On my Win98 machine, I have a sub-dir called "Installer Programs". (I also
> have other directory names, and file names, with spaces in them.)
> I installed Cygwin, which went OK. I was copying and moving files, and
> cd'ing throughout the filesystem. No problems. That is, until this:
> cd Installer Programs
> It wouldn't let me. I tried
> cd InstallerPrograms
> cd Installer_Programs
> cd Installer-Programs
cd Installer\ Programs
cd 'Installer Programs'
both of these should work.
> Nothing doing. Eventually I got there through:
> cd Installer*
> Fortunately I only have the one directory starting with the word
> I searched throught the Web for some kind of information on spaces in Unix
> filenames. What little turned up was succinct one-liners, to the tune of
> "Don't use white space in filenames." Good advice for a Unix-only box, but
> I *already* have the directories and files named as they are!
Spaces in filenames is absolutely _not_ a good feature.
> Is there some mechanism to navigate in bash through a filesystem where
> directories have spaces in their names? (I mean, I know Unix sees separate
> words after a command as an argument list, but that doesn't apply in the
> case of "cd" since I don't think you can cd into two separate directories
> simultaneously, in the same shell, at the same time.)
Also in bash, you can use what is know as "Tab Completion". E.G.:
this will complete the file name for you. This will complete the filename for
you. It will ring the bell if there is ambiguity. CAUTION: Don't hit the
<tab> as the first character of the command.
Earnie Boyd < mailto:email@example.com >
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