Please use ***[code][/code] tags
*** around your code and data, to preserve formatting and to improve readability. Please do not
use quote tags, colors, or other fancy formatting.
Clearly point out the context of your question and the environment. What language is this in, for example? Shell scripting? Perl? What is the purpose of your query?
Please read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
, and provide enough detail in your posts so that readers don't have to guess.
Anyway, assuming the shell, Start with these three links for details on how it handles arguments and quoting.