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Re: OT - Spaces in file and directory names (was: Alias syntax fo r a m

From: Doug Lee
Subject: Re: OT - Spaces in file and directory names (was: Alias syntax fo r a m odule that has a space in its name)
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 12:26:00 -0400
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This whole discussion, OT though it might be, reminds me of a recent
discussion of the "proper" way of quoting things (use of backquotes
and apostrophes and such).  I think that discussion was also on
this list, though I thought the outcome was more opposite than
parallel to the outcome of this one.  FWIW, mostly as an amusing
side note.

On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 11:39:06AM -0400, Jim.Hyslop wrote:
Bulgrien, Kevin wrote:
> It is easy to tell everyone else what they ought to do in hind-sight.
Nobody's doing that. I clearly acknowledged that *when these applications
were written*, handling spaces was extremely difficult to do. I'm not
denegrating the years of hard work that went into various tools, nor am I
saying we should retrofit all applications.

What I object to is the attitude "spaces in file names are evil," the phrase
that kicked off this (as you correctly pointed out) off-topic discussion.
That attitude is outmoded, and reeks of a calcified mentality that refuses
to accept change.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. ( )
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal ( )


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