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Date:      Fri, 16 Oct 2020 06:32:11 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <>
Subject:   Re: sh scripting question
Message-ID:  <20201016063211.2f8b3a74@archlinux>
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On Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:14:13 -0400, Kurt Hackenberg wrote:
>On 2020-10-15 23:05, Bob Proulx wrote:
>> Oh you are tormenting us now.  :-)  There are some subtle issues
>> here.  
>Maybe a shell is the wrong tool.

Exactly! Scripts are useful to handle tasks, such as dealing with
reasonable file names. A script should work around reasonable tricky
file names, but at some point bothering with really freakish file names
isn't worth the effort. Actually file names should be compatible with
shell, if they are intended to be used with shell scripts. To some
extent we could use shell scripts, to write little programs, that
probably better should be written in a programming language. At some
extent a programming language is required, a shell script can't do the
job at all or at best it could do the job, but not with reasonable

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