file names with spaces and such

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Fri Jul 31 09:30:16 UTC 2015

For the file names below, detox should really do it fine.
The for loop will not work as it will process one word at a time which 
mean that it will not process the full file name, but each word on its 
One loop that works for this, and there are many different ways of doing 
this, is:
ls *|while read name;do
echo "This problematic $name can be processed."
Hope this is clear.
Regards, Willem

On Fri, 31 Jul 2015, Tony Baechler wrote:

> I apologize in advance to people outside of the US.
> Obviously, Christopher, you've never had to deal with books from NLS BARD in 
> bash before.  It's a major problem because of the spaces.  I did eventually 
> find a workaround courtesy of  If anyone cares, I'll post my 
> script, but it's very specific to my local setup.  No, I don't wish to rename 
> them because I want to keep the book number and as much other information as 
> possible.  Out of curiosity, how would you handle names like this?  I want to 
> make a new directory on my SD card under $vrdtb, cd to that directory, unzip 
> the NLS book and repeat.  I generally have at least a few dozen books to 
> process at a time.  Again, I now have a working solution. Until I did some 
> experimenting and poking around on Google, I had to do this manually.  When 
> NLS started adding a lot more books every week from their analog conversion, 
> this was no longer practical.  The filenames appear below:
> DB -- Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding!) (December 2012).zip
> DB Asimov's Science Fiction June_
> DB New York Times Book Review October 27_
> DB-Unspecified-The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments- 
> Translated out of the Original Tongues and with the Former Translations 
> Diligently Compared
> To directly answer your question, bash tries to process each word of the 
> filename separately, even when you put them in quotes, at least in a for 
> loop.  If you manually process one at a time, it works fine.  I don't know 
> why it doesn't work in a for loop even with quoting the filename, but it 
> doesn't.  You have to tell bash to not treat space as a separator.
> On 7/30/2015 5:36 AM, Christopher Chaltain wrote:
>> I guess I'd need to see an example of how these characters trip someone up
>> in a file name using a BASH script while they are handled differently in 
>> the
>> DOS batch processor. With few exceptions, I find quoting literals to work
>> both in a script file and on the command line.
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