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Re: Bash fails to run .bat file with spaces in pathname and argument
Christopher Faylor wrote:
On Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 07:43:57PM -0700, Johnathon Jamison wrote:
Respectfully, I think I know how shell quoting works. If you look at
the sample run, all spaces are properly escaped with either backslashes
or double quotes. The problem only surfaces when BOTH the program AND
the argument have spaces, AND the program is a .bat file. If you run
what I have with only one item containing a space, or use a .sh script,
things work. Further, if you look at one of my examples, there is no
space in the program being executed; the space is only present in the
current working directory, and so clearly the proper quoting of the
program is not at issue here.
I have finally found someone else who has come across the same issue:
Apparently this is a bug in cygwin:
Is anybody working on this?
You found a message from more than two years ago and are asking if
anyone is working on the problem? You must be a pretty optimistic
Yep, the eternal optimist. Still hoping for world peace. ;-)
Cygwin is a linux/UNIX emulation which has some accomodations for native
Windows things like .bat files.
The likelihood that any core cygwin developer is going to want to devote
time or effort into providing workarounds to make things work better for
Windowsisms like .bat files is not high. So, if a Windowsism doesn't
work the way you want it to then you generally have two options 1)
(preferred) switch to using shell scripts or 2) provide a patch to fix
I was afraid of that. The only reason I pursued it this far was that I
did not write the .bat files; my company did, and I came across this
during our QA pass. Looks like I will have to add this as a known issue
to our docs. Anyway, thanks for the reply.
Lastly, why is CreateProcess used to exec a process instead of _spawnve?
It would appear to me on the face of things that _spawnve would get
around the quoting issues entirely.
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