[tex-live] Comment on Re: TeXLive-CD/DVD (Installation)

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Thu May 24 11:20:04 CEST 2007

Oliver Bandel <oliver at first.in-berlin.de> writes:

> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 07:23:36PM +0200, Hans Hagen wrote:
>> David Kastrup wrote:
>> >"George N. White III" <gnwiii at gmail.com> writes:
> [...]
>> >
>> >Part of my experiences in that respect are that a large part of the
>> >workload for getting a Windows-usable installer is to write a correct
>> >one for *x which is surprisingly hard to do.  No sane person will
>> >under *x use filenames with spaces and other special characters in
>> >them.
>> >  
>> hm, this qualifies all osx users as insane as well as users from content 
>> management systems running on *ix or just simple users like me who store 
>> music collections (with titles and such having special chars) on a unix nas
>> >Under Windows, a _default_ location for many things is "Documents and
>> >Settings".  Uh.  Or "My Programs".
> And btw. it's also possible to create filenames that have spaces
> on the command line.

Uh, you did read what I wrote above?

> The problem is, that most (all?) shells doesn't handle them
> correctly.

Nonsense.  All shells have quoting mechanisms for special characters.

> So, we need to invent at least one shell, that does not have a
> problem with such names.

None of them do.  You just need to do the stuff correctly, as in
"write a correct [installer] for *x which is surprisingly hard to do".

David Kastrup

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