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Old 02-11-2005, 08:40 AM   #1
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file name spaces problem

im trying to list the contents of directory that has files with space in their filename.
my directory: (with ls -b)

01\ -\ Tear\ Me\ Down.mp3 08\ -\ Exquisite\ Corpse.mp3
02\ -\ The\ Origin\ of\ Love.mp3 09\ -\ Midnight\ Radio.mp3
03\ -\ Angry\ inch.mp3 10\ -\ Nailed.mp3

the command i am running

#!/bin/tcsh -f
set pw=`pwd`
foreach fn ( `ls | add_quotes`)
printf "%s/%s\n",$pw,$fn

the output i am getting:


As you can see, it is splitting the filename in the space although i do use the "\" (ls with -b)


Old 02-11-2005, 10:34 AM   #2
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How about something like this...
cd /home/images
for i in * ; do
   echo $i
Old 03-06-2005, 12:12 PM   #3
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Re: file name spaces problem

Hi hesher,

Came across your post while looking for clues on how to solve a similar problem.
Didn't find any good clues, so I thought "let's RTFM...".
And behold...:

Here's how to do it in tcsh:
#!/bin/tcsh -f
set pw="`pwd`"
foreach fn ( "`ls -1`" )
  printf "%s/%s\n" "$pw" "$fn"
Explanation (from the "Command substitution" section of the tcsh man page):

Normally, tcsh breaks the output of command substitution ( i.e. `...` ) into 'words'
(components of variables) at spaces and newlines. The breaks at spaces are
suppressed if you enclose the command substitution in double quotes.

So even though it looks weird, and you'd expect the loop to execute only once, it
does works grace to the newlines produced by "ls -1" (BTW, that's the DIGIT 1;
not the letter l...). And you need to quote $pw and $fn too, or you may still
get rubbish.


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