[Bug 268686] freebsd-update cannot handle spaces in file paths

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Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2022 22:33:42 UTC

            Bug ID: 268686
           Summary: freebsd-update cannot handle spaces in file paths
           Product: Base System
           Version: 13.1-RELEASE
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Some People
          Priority: ---
         Component: bin
          Assignee: bugs@FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: 06-birds-herald@icloud.com

Created attachment 239169
  --> https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/attachment.cgi?id=239169&action=edit
Modifications to freebsd-update to make it work with spaces in the file paths

If freebsd-update is run with the -b -d or -f options followed by a path with a
space, freebsd-update prints its usage and exits instead of updating. This is
because it further splits arguments by spaces into more arguments internally,
causing it to incorrectly parse them. There are also problems with the internal
handling of the $BASEDIR and other path variables. This makes it difficult to
update certain installations, for example a jail located at a non-root location
with a space in its path.

This can be fixed by simply adding quotes to the necessary locations in the
script, and changing the use of xargs in one location. I have attached a diff
of what I had to do to get it to work for my usage (fetch, upgrade, and
install). certctl, which is run by freebsd-update, also has a problem with
spaces and would also need to be fixed in a similar manner.

The script also doesn't return a nonzero error code upon failure to parse its

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