sh scripting question

Jon Schneider freebsd at
Fri Oct 16 18:07:42 UTC 2020

There’s a YouTube publisher called enderman who shows how how inconsistently these special CP/M and DOS file names are handled in Windows. He does things like create install Windows itself into con. I have found you can total OneNote for Windows users by creating a notebook called for example “con”.

Having watched these I am convinced Microsoft should have simply allowed them in Windows. Currently there is a horrible mess.

As for the original problem the only (and safe and portable way among all OSs that use C language interfaces) is to assume that the null character is the only safe separator in file lists. Because of the underlying C language interfaces.


> such as "COM1:". :-

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