cygpath -u doesn't seem to convert spaces properly

Williams, Gerald S (Jerry)
Wed Sep 26 12:48:00 GMT 2007

Brian Dessent wrote:
>> $ cd $ttt
>> bash: cd: /cygdrive/c/Program: No such file or directory
> Yes, that's wrong.  [...] It's got nothing to do with
> cygpath and everything to do with proper portable scripting practice.

Quite true. When you're using bash or sh, you must *quote
your arguments* if they could possibly contain spaces or
other word separators. So learn to do it. Seriously, take
a few minutes and try it:

$ mkdir "a b c"
$ ABC="a b c"
bash: cd: a: No such file or directory
$ cd "$ABC"
... etc.

If you don't want to have to quote variable expansions all
the time, use another shell. I know that zsh, at least,
doesn't require you to quote them. That being said, you
still should learn how to quote in a regular POSIX shell.
Portable shell scripts should really start with #!/bin/sh,
after all.


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