[Server-devel] Fixing bash script bogosity - help?
sdaly.be at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 17:44:01 EDT 2009
I'm no maven, but the last time I was dealing with quoting issues with
"$*" expansion I had found this article helpful:
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:37 PM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a simple shell scripting problem :-) you'll find attached a
> shell script that ships with ejabberd. It is a fairly straightforward
> bit of code, and allows us to control bits of the ejabberd internals
> with a nice cli interface. (Feel free to skip the start / stop bits of
> the code, I'm fighting with the ctrl function.)
> The problem it has is that the parameters are passed to a bash or
> runas invocation -- at which point the quoting is a mess. Currently I
> am working around it in the caller by doing some stupid
> nested-quoting. But this should be easy to cure -- if anyone knows a
> bit more bash (or portable shell!) than me :-)
> A minimal exposition of the problem is as follows:
> $ cat sample.sh
> #!/bin/bash -x
> # in the script, the CMD is built up as a string
> CMD="touch $@"
> # in practice we somtimes use /sbin/runuser -c
> # and other times plain bash -c
> bash -c "$CMD"
> # this invokation does the wrong thing -
> $ ./sample.sh ./sample.sh "this is file one" "this is file two"
> # the ugly workaround is
> ./sample.sh "'this is file one'" "'this is file two'"
> Any hints that don't involve a rewrite?
> martin.langhoff at gmail.com
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