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Re: Proposal to add /usr/bin/shquote

On Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 01:40:38PM +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:
> The underlying problem is that the shell doesn't have a "list of
> strings" data type, except in the special case of "$@". Scripts that
> want lists of strings have to simulate them somehow by storing the
> entire list in a single shell variable; most such scripts use space,
> colon, or comma, as separators within the list variable, but they fail
> if the individual items themselves contain that separator.

Ah... In that case you need something like:

save_args() {
    local a c n
    c=0; n=$1; shift
    for a; do
        eval $n=\"\$$n \\\"\\\$${n}_\$c\\\"\"
        eval ${n}_$c=\"\$a\"
# use:
save_args list -foo bar "arg with spaces" "don't panic" '"Help!"'
# later:
eval set -- $list


David Laight:

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