[sword-devel] Build Failure in path with spaces

Caleb Maclennan caleb at alerque.com
Tue Apr 14 03:08:24 MST 2020

You don't need to worry about non-ASCII characters on the Linux side of
things. Almost all file systems and tooling on almost all distros will
handle almost any Unicode UTF-8 characters in filenames and paths just
fine. The only thing you need to watch out for typically are spaces (can be
used, but they must be escaped or the paths quoted), quote marks (can screw
with poorly implemented quoting of spaces), null characters, newlines
(technically valid in filenames, but many scripts forget this and they tend
to break), backslashes (also valid, but tend to confuse people escaping
them). It's also valid but unpleasant when filenames begin with a dash or
semicolon because these make it hard to use filenames as arguments.

Besides those ASCII issues, non ASCII localized path and filenames are
pretty much a non-issue.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 12:31 PM David Haslam <dfhdfh at protonmail.com> wrote:

> How might a build work or fail if the SWORD path contains any non-ASCII
> characters?
> This is certainly conceivable for Windows users whose locale is not
> English.
> I cannot speak for Linux users.
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