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From (Jim Gettys)
Subject Re: [PATCH] quote paths in conf files
Date Fri, 02 Oct 1998 17:50:24 GMT

> Sender:
> From: Wilfredo Sanchez <>
> Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:46:07 -0700
> To:
> Subject: [PATCH] quote paths in conf files
> -----
>   In the wacky world of Mac OS, people put spaces in paths. So we
> should quote the paths in the conf files that may be specified at
> configure time. Apparently we've already run into this on Windows,
> where this is already fixed.
>         -Fred

Come now, this isn't wacky, even on UNIX systems.  Spaces in paths
have been perfectly legitimate in UNIX since day one...

The inhibitor has been the need to quote paths with spaces in UNIX shells 
(since the shell argument delimiter has traditionally been a space), which 
meant that it was more of a hassle to have a path with a space in it. 

I consider this an artifact of shells being the dominant way of UNIX work 
long after there should have been a decent GUI for UNIX; but the silly 
UNIX GUI wars set UNIX UI's back at least 6 years. Only the (relatively 
recent) rise of Linux seems to finally be regenerating work in this area 
(sometimes taken to illogical extremes - see the "enlightenment" window 
manager, for example).

So I believe this is goodness in general; not just for Windows, not just
for MAC.

Take it from one who lived through the silly UNIX GUI wars, and who has 
major scars on his back as a result.  I got to watch people screw up our 
baby (the X Window System, at least at the toolkits and environment level) 
for political reasons having nothing to do with goodness or light.  Gotta 
make sure this doesn't happen to the Web, if we can...

				- Jim

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