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

Oliver Bandel oliver at first.in-berlin.de
Thu May 24 12:19:56 CEST 2007

On Thu, May 24, 2007 at 11:20:04AM +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
> 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?

My comment was not intended to comment *aour* text, but
the text you already commented.

> > The problem is, that most (all?) shells doesn't handle them
> > correctly.
> Nonsense.  All shells have quoting mechanisms for special characters.

OK, quoting mechanisms; but this is mostly ugly stuff, especially if
the things to do get nested.
A scripting language will be better to use then.

> > 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".


But it's hard to do, because the tools in use make it hard.


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