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Date:      Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:20:22 -0800
From:      Chuck Swiger <>
To:        =?UTF-8?Q?Nikola_Le=C4=8Di=C4=87?= <>
Cc:, Nerius Landys <>
Subject:   Re: sysinstall and bsdlabel/boot
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On Jan 15, 2008, at 10:08 AM, Nikola Le=C4=8Di=C4=87 wrote:
>> P.S.  I hope I'm doing the quoting thing ``properly'', not
>> "incorrectly".
> IMHO there is neither FreeBSD- nor Linux-specific mails, and there
> shouldn't be such thing. These mails are written in English, so it
> seems that neither of us is right: quotes should be =E2=80=9Clike =
this=E2=80=9D, =20
> not
> "like this" or ``like this''.

While I would agree with the above, Unix shells make a distinction =20
between different types of quote characters, and if you are talking =20
about command-line programming or scripts, there is an advantage to =20
quoting things in a fashion that the shell will be happy with.

Double-quotes (") permit variable, history, and alias expansion of the =20=

quoted terms, whereas single forward quotes (') give you a string =20
literal and disable expansion.  Backquotes (`) are used to perform =20
command substitution and are a synonym for "$(command)" syntax; =20
something like "echo `ls`" would be a simple example.


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