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# 1  
Old 05-21-2011
problem using cd command

Hi, i am new to Aix server
i am configuring the xythos server for my WAS server ,
As part of that i need cd to the directory like Xythos WebFile Server

directory like the following:
wasadm:/usr/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/profilename/installedApps/cellname> ls -l
total 16
drwxr-xr-x          4096 Apr 19 07:45 DefaultApplication.ear.ear
drwxr-xr-x           256 Apr 19 07:45 Test1_war.ear
drwxr-xr-x    8 wasadm   wasgroup  4096 Apr 27 09:30 Xythos WebFile Server
drwxr-xr-x           256 Apr 19 07:45 jspellEvolution_war.ear
drwx------           256 May 21 07:16 temp

when i using the cd command i got problem like
wasadm:/usr/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/profilename/installedApps/cellname> cd  Xythos WebFile Server

ksh: cd: bad argument count

please direct me to solve this thing. how can use cd for this directory, i want to copy one of the .properties file from the
Xythos WebFile Server to /temp

thanks in advance

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Last edited by Scott; 05-31-2011 at 03:54 PM.. Reason: Code tags
# 2  
Old 05-21-2011
Try: cd "Xythos WebFile Server"
# 3  
Old 05-21-2011
In my humble opinion nothing good comes when file and directory names contain spaces. Not only is it a pain each time you enter the file/directory name on the command line, as you've discovered, scripts tend not to quote variables containing filenames and will break from similar problems. Use underbars (_) or dots (.) and avoid using spaces at all costs.

Again, this is my opinion, but one I do feel strongly about.
# 4  
Old 05-25-2011
use this
cd 'Xythos WebFile Server'

use single quotes when directory/file name contains space
# 5  
Old 05-27-2011
thanq very much guys
# 6  
Old 05-31-2011
On crazy dir names you can also use wildcard to great effect.
So fo your instance,

cd *WebFile*
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