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Re: Proposal to add /usr/bin/shquote

    Date:        Sun, 7 Sep 2008 11:27:14 +0200
    From:        Alan Barrett <>
    Message-ID:  <>

  | But it now seems to me that "shquote" is not a good name for a program
  | that can also perform non-shell quoting.  Perhaps just "quote" instead
  | of "shquote"?

Perhaps no coincidence, but quote is what I call my shell function
which does (a comparatively poor job of) exactly this kind of thing.

  | It could take a "-t type" option defaulting to "-t sh",
  | and the initial implementation might not support any types other than
  | "sh", but the infrastructure could be provided.

Fine.  My version only quotes one arg (that's all I needed), so I just use
an optional second for the type, but doing it properly is certainly better.


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