spaces in pathnames

Daniel Stone daniel at
Mon Jun 30 10:37:12 PDT 2008

On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 01:11:49PM -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-06-30 at 15:11 +0100, Glynn Clements wrote:
> > IMHO, it's a lost cause.
> > 
> > The only clean solution is to use a language which has a list datatype
> > (or equivalent), as well as an "exec" primitive which accepts a list
> > argument.
> > 
> > It's practically impossible to get this 100% right if you're limited
> > to the Bourne shell.
> Then maybe it's time to stop caring about portability to useless shells.
> More broadly, it's probably time to deprecate startx and xinit, strongly
> recommend the use of a display manager like gdm, and write a minimal
> replacement in some sensible subset of bash/ksh.

You can do it in portable shell, just don't pretend that it's everything
to everyone.  Doing so will lead you to the creatively insane hell where
your X startup script is too complex to be written portably.

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