[tex-live] shell_escape extension patch

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Wed Jun 14 15:32:17 CEST 2006

Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Jun 2006, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
>>This could be fixed by allowing either one of these:
>>   "...\"...\"..." or '..."..."...'
>>as a valid 'quoted file'. WDYT?
> Unfortunatelly not. If the command line argument contains spaces, cmd.exe
> requires to put it inside "...". If a string is used in GNU awk for OS/2,
> it also requires "...". Thus the argument would have to be something like
> "... "string" ..." which, of course, does not work and I did not manage to
> find any escaping mechanism. Bash allows '... "string" ...'.

I assumed some massaging would take place in the executable. As I
understand it, there is absolutely no way to get a double quote in
a filename using the current syntax. If TeX would allow and convert
("...\"...\"...") to (..."..."...) the problem of using the correct
quotes for the current shell would be passed back to the user.


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