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Re: inotifywait in bash script: space

On Sat, 2 Dec 2017, B.M. wrote:

Dear all,

not a Debian specific question, but I hope to get an answer here...

I try to use inotifywait in a bash script to block until a file in a directory
gets changed. Then the script should continue. That's working well unless the
path I hand over to inotifywait contains spaces.

I already tried to escape them like so:

 MYCOMMAND = "inotifywait  -qqr -e create \"$MYDIR\""

where MYDIR is something like "/tmp/test dir" but although echo shows the
command correctly and putting the very same command in a shell just works, as
part of my script it doesn't work. (I don't want to get paths back from

Thanks for any pointers towards clarification and help.

I don't know anything about inotifywait. Maybe that doesn't matter?

  $ foo="filename with spaces"
  $ echo content > "$foo"
  $ command=(cat "$foo")
  $ "${command[@]}"        # This will work:
  $ ${command[@]}          # but do notice that this will not work:
  cat: filename: No such file or directory
  cat: with: No such file or directory
  cat: spaces: No such file or directory