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Old 05-19-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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are double quotation marks allowed in filenames?

Never mind; I solved my own problem. I was asking:
I tried to move a file from my desktop to another folder; moving it was not allowed, for some reason. Neither was opening it and saving a new copy in the target folder. Would that be because the filename contains double (") quotation marks? Are they not allowed? The filename is Edit of Bob's "Lady Liberty" Article.doc. [Filename not enclosed in quotation marks here, to avoid confusion.]
I just changed the double quotation marks to single quotation marks; that solved everything.

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Yes they are. But you then have to escape the quotes.
ls Edit of Bob's \"Lady Liberty\" Article.doc
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Originally Posted by AlucardZero View Post
Yes they are. But you then have to escape the quotes.
ls Edit of Bob's \"Lady Liberty\" Article.doc
I think that's a typo for
ls "Edit of Bob's \"Lady Liberty\" Article.doc"
Alternatively (and this is how bash command completion will do it for you if you type ls E and then press the tab, twice if E* is not unique):
ls Edit\ of\ Bob\'s\ \"Lady\ Liberty\"\ Article.doc
Having both single and double quotes in the name makes it harder. Without the single quote you could single quote the name:
ls 'Edit of Bobs "Lady Liberty" Article.doc'
Or you can double quote the part with the single quote and single quote the part with the double quotes:
ls "Edit of Bob'"'s "Lady Liberty" Article.doc'
A file name may contain any character except / and NUL (ASCII 0).

Last edited by catkin; 05-20-2010 at 06:02 AM. Reason: Forgot to escape '


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