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Dealing with spaces in filenames

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Nothing good can come from using spaces in filenames, but here's some help when you have to deal with them.
Over the years, Linux and Unix cognoscenti haven’t used spaces in file and directory names. Instead of naming a directory My Pictures, you’d name it My_Pictures, my.pictures, or mypix. Why? Shells break a command line at spaces, and most shells also word-split the results of variable and command substitution. So a filename containing spaces can be split into pieces.
Shells also assign a meaning to most non-alphabetic characters. A file named odds&ends or cool!! can cause trouble if you aren’t paying attention.
 read more | mail this link | score:7373 | -Ray, July 26, 2005
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