file/directory names with space in between

Bill Campbell freebsd at
Mon Apr 14 23:39:24 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008, Simon Gao wrote:
>I need to work on some files and directories that have spaces in them like:
>interesting story\2008 March\{story one,story two}.
>When using find with -exec, part of the file/directory name will be 
>missing and therefore lead to error.

Generally it's better to use find and xargs when processing
arbitrary lists of files.  It can be significantly more efficient
than ``exec'ing'' a command for each file when the command can
process multiple arguments, and they previde for file names with
strange characters using the -print0 option to find, and -0
option to xargs as in:

	find something -print0 | xargs -0 command

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