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hildog 10-12-2003 05:41 PM

accessing files & directories - a really simple question
Here's a question that probably everybody but me knows the answer to.

I have a file server running on Win 2k, the files on which, as of a few hours ago, I am successfully able to access. The small problem I'm having is, from the command line, accessing those files & directories which are more than a single word or that contain spaces. Is there a substitute character in Linux that means "space bar" ?

For example, if I'm trying to navigate to the directory "Vince Guaraldi Trio" located on /mnt/mediaserver, I've tried:

$ cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince Guaraldi Trio

Then, as you know, I get the error message:

bash: cd: Vince: No such file or directory

I know I can successfully get there by:

$cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince*

But what if I had 2 directories, one called "Vince Guaraldi Trio" and one called "Vince Vaughn Sings The Blues", how would I cd to "Vince Vaughn Sings The Blues" ?

Of course I can do all this stuff from the gui, but I'm trying to learn to do as much in the terminal as I possibly can.


FreakboY 10-12-2003 05:47 PM

cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince\Guaraldi\Trio

try that!

hildog 10-12-2003 06:06 PM

Thanks for the response...but here's what I get when I do that:

[hildog@localhost hildog]$ cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince\Guaraldi\Trio
bash: cd: /mnt/mediaserver/VinceGuaraldiTrio: No such file or directory

It looks like it doesn't think that the \ is supposed to be a space ? Is that right ?

FreakboY 10-12-2003 06:10 PM

cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince \Guaraldi \Trio
cd /mnt/mediaserver/Vince\ Guaraldi\ Trio

it has to work don't remember....
but i know is something like that...
let me get to my linux box!!!

hildog 10-12-2003 06:13 PM

It's the 2nd one. thanks.

FreakboY 10-12-2003 06:14 PM

hahaha, great!!

quatsch 10-12-2003 06:17 PM

one way to find out the exact format is to type out the name of the directory/file as far as you can and then press TAB to expand it.
If a file name contains spaces, it's
part1\ part2\ part3\ ...
(a \ followed by a space instead of just a space)

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