recursive copy with spaces in descendants

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Sat Nov 5 20:33:12 UTC 2011

Michael Sierchio <kudzu at> writes:

> I just use tar for this.
> ( cd /path/to/src ; tar cf - . ) | ( cd /path/to/obj ; tar xf - )

I was going to launch into an explanation of shell quoting, but come to
think of it, tar is how I do this too.

> On Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Chris <cpuburner at> wrote:
>> I'm having difficulty copying a directory tree from my FreeBSD server to
>> USB storage. The problem is that the tree contains file and folder names
>> which have spaces, similar to the following:
>> ./foo bar/some name.tar.gz
>> ./foo bar/child dir/some other name.tar.gz

I think:
cp foo\ bar/some\ name.tar.gz some_other_path/.

will work for all shells.  

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