Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

KORN SHELL : Reading file names with spaces

Posted on 1997-07-04
1
304 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I need to write a script which sorts through folders and files and performs file management (e.g. rm) on certain files.  I wrote the names to a file in order to read them in one at a time.  Everything works fine until I run across files with spaces in them (which are generated from a Macintosh environment).

How can I read back the file names that contain spaces and do operations on these files without the ksh seeing to file names instead of one name with a space in it?

0
Comment
Question by:randyn
1 Comment
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
dhm earned 100 total points
ID: 1293860
Easy enough...just put double quotes around the variable containing the filename when you use it.  Here's a simple ksh script that finds all the files in or below the current directory and executes "ls -l" on each one:

#!/bin/ksh

find . -type f -print | while read FN ; do
      echo "Found a file: $FN"
      ls -l "$FN"
# Note: without the double quotes above, this won't work!
done

----------------------------------------------------

I created a directory containing some files with no spaces in the names, and others with a space (lower-case filenames "a", "b", and "c" have no spaces; upper-case names "A A", "B B", and "C C" do).  When I run this script, I get:

dhm@eagleone[38]$ ./test.ksh
Found a file: ./foo/a
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/a
Found a file: ./foo/b
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/b
Found a file: ./foo/c
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/c
Found a file: ./foo/A A
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/A A
Found a file: ./foo/B B
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/B B
Found a file: ./foo/C C
-rw-rw-r--   1 dhm      webvisio        0 Jul  4 10:53 ./foo/C C
Found a file: ./test.ksh
-rwxr-xr-x   1 dhm      webvisio      100 Jul  4 10:57 ./test.ksh
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Introduction: Dialogs (1) modal - maintaining the database. Continuing from the ninth article about sudoku.   You might have heard of modal and modeless dialogs.  Here with this Sudoku application will we use one of each type: a modal dialog …
Have you tried to learn about Unicode, UTF-8, and multibyte text encoding and all the articles are just too "academic" or too technical? This article aims to make the whole topic easy for just about anyone to understand.
This video will show you how to get GIT to work in Eclipse.   It will walk you through how to install the EGit plugin in eclipse and how to checkout an existing repository.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

856 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question