a *very* odd question especially for me. Janina Sajka <janina at rednote.net> wrote

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 09:48:50 UTC 2015

It's true I don't deal with books from BARD in BASH. I do deal with them 
in Python though. I pretty much do the same thing you're doing.

On 07/31/2015 04:09 AM, 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 cyberciti.biz.  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_ 2013.zip
> DB New York Times Book Review October 27_ 2013.zip
> DB-Unspecified-The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments-
> Translated out of the Original Tongues and with the Former Translations
> Diligently Compared a-DB68777.zip
> 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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