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# 1  
Old 07-22-2009
bash replace spaces in list.txt with \

I'm trying to run a Linux virus scan on a list of files/folders I have ported to list.txt in a format:
some file with spaces
some other file

but I need to feed my scanning script in the format:
some\ file\ with\ spaces/
some\ other\ file/

so I would like to read in list.txt and output list_no_spaces.txt or something similar, will sed work for this, or should I use something else?

Last edited by unclecameron; 07-22-2009 at 11:11 PM..
# 2  
Old 07-22-2009
try this and redirect to a file

sed -e 's|\\|/|g' -e 's| ||g' list.txt

# 3  
Old 07-22-2009
Why you want to add the last slash '/' to filename ?
while read line
   echo ${line// /\\ } ; # do something here
done < file

or sed
sed 's/\ /\\ /g' file

or awk
awk '{gsub(" ","\\ ")}1' file

Please search the forum next time Smilie
# 4  
Old 07-23-2009
Yeah, I probably should've searched more diligently, sorry about that Smilie

The problem is now sed is putting the slashes in, but it never gets to my scan command with the slashes intact I'm trying something like
ls /some\ path\ with\ spaces/ > list.txt
sed 's/\ /\\ /g' list.txt | while read line
     scan="scan_command /some\ path\ with\ spaces/"$a
     eval $scan

if I just use that sed command to dump ls to a file, that file has all the slashes.
# 5  
Old 07-23-2009
dir='/some path with spaces'

while read line
     scan="scan_command ${line}/$a"
     echo "$scan" # replace to eval 
done <<< "$(ls "${dir}")"

# 6  
Old 07-23-2009
hmm, still doesn't seem to work, output of command to scan

.../some folder

scan_command /correct\ path/some
not found

scan_command /correct\ path/folder
not found
# 7  
Old 07-23-2009
-bash-3.2$ sed -e 's| | \\|g' -e 's|$|/|g' test
some \file \with \spaces/
some \other \file/

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