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Old 09-30-2004, 11:06 AM   #1
atlep
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Shell scripting, getting directories :SOLVED:


Hi,

I'm trying to get a shell script to work on every file in a directory. But I have a problem with spaces in the filenames. Here's a code example to illustrate:
Code:
#!/bin/sh

for f in $(ls -1)
do
  echo :"$f"
done
And here's what happens:
Code:
$ ls -1
aa
te st
zz
$ ../dirtest
:aa
:te
:st
:zz
As you can see, the file entries get split by their space. Any ideas on how to conquer this problem?

- script-newbie

Last edited by atlep; 09-30-2004 at 11:35 AM.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
Hko
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Re: Shell scripting, getting directories

Quote:
Originally posted by atlep

I'm trying to get a shell script to work on every file in a directory. But I have a problem with spaces in the filenames. Here's a code example to illustrate:
Code:
#!/bin/sh

for f in $(ls -1)
do
  echo :"$f"
done
The for-statement can list files by itself. So there's no need to run "ls -1". You won't have the problem with spaces as well:
Code:
for f in * ; do
    echo :"$f"
done

BTW, the space-in-file-name issue can come up on other occasions as well, but there's almost always a solution.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 11:21 AM   #3
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