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DOS Command Switches - Use double quotes in switch arguments?

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Last Modified: 2015-08-01
I've been banging my head against the wall for the last two hours with a bcp call for MSSQL.

bcp MyDB.dbo.MyTable in "C:\..." -S MyServer\MyInstance -T -f "C:\MyBCPFormatFile.xml"

On a whim, I added double quotes to the argument associated with the server switch, and it worked! (Note the quotes around MyServer\MyInstance.)

bcp MyDB.dbo.MyTable in "C:\..." -S "MyServer\MyInstance" -T -f "C:\MyBCPFormatFile.xml"

Is it safe to always wrap the arguments associated with a switch (option) with double-quotes?
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