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Re: How to deal with space in command line?


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: How to deal with space in command line?
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:18:22 -0400
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On 9/20/10 10:30 AM, Marc Herbert wrote:
> Le 20/09/2010 14:14, Greg Wooledge wrote:
>> In the original design of the Unix shell, in many ways and places,
>> it's quite apparent that the designers never really intended to handle
>> filenames that contain whitespace.  
> 
> ... while at the same time allowing almost any character to be part of
> a filename. The irony.

It's the difference between the possible and the desirable, or, more
to the point, between the possible and the common and convenient.

Unix, especially in the early days, was all about the 90% solution.

Chet

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