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Old 02-10-2008
touch command help


This might be the stupidest question ever but here it goes, i need to create a file with the name Hello! It's $s It using the touch command
but whenever i use

touch 'Hello! It's $s'
i get s is undefined

touch Hello! It's $s
i get ' unmatched

Please help ^_^
# 2  
Old 02-10-2008
FWIW, always make a directory and do these types of things in that directory just incase you make an annoying file that cannot be easily deleted.

You can use the "\" character to escape characters

touch 'Hello! It's $s'

This would work if you didn't have three single quotes Smilie

touch "Hello! It's \$s"

# 3  
Old 02-11-2008
Thank you so much Smilie
# 4  
Old 02-11-2008
This still isn't working it returns even with "\"
s: Undefined variable

Any suggestions?
# 5  
Old 02-11-2008
What shell are you using?
The example previously given to you: touch "Hello! It's \$s" should work...
# 6  
Old 02-11-2008
I see the initial problem being you used single quotes around the literal. To a computer, an apostrophe is the same as a single quote, so it took the literal as Hello! It and didn't know what to do with the s $s'

"Hello! It's $s" worked for me.
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Old 02-11-2008
Originally Posted by wsn
This still isn't working it returns even with "\"
s: Undefined variable

Any suggestions?
when you have problems like this, the command of the day is "script"

$ script icannottouch.txt
(new shell is created)
$ touch 'it's hard touching this file'
error too many 's
$ ^d
session saved to icannottouch.txt

then you can cut and paste that file to the forums. much better than 'it didnt work'
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