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Bug 161582 - rpm is unable to install files placed in paths with spaces in the name
Summary: rpm is unable to install files placed in paths with spaces in the name
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm
Version: rawhide
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Paul Nasrat
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-24 17:06 UTC by David Nielsen
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-11-28 19:31:10 UTC

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Description David Nielsen 2005-06-24 17:06:53 UTC
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Description of problem:
By default rpm doesn't correctly parse paths with spaces in them, now for normal use this isn't a big issue, one could just avoid names with spaces. However I'm on Danish locale and my default Downloads dir is called "Hentede filer", which I presume is the default (it was when I created it at least) for this locale. This means that every time a user clicks an rpm file it will go there and since system-package-config (or whatever handles package install graphically) uses rpm underlying it will fail. 

LANG=C rpm -Uvh "Hentede\ filer/skype-" will work, but that is not how rpm reads that dir name by default, thus causing the problem for the frontend that the user would see.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install .rpm file placed in a dir with spaces in the name


Actual Results:  LANG=C rpm -Uvh Hentede\ filer/skype-
error: open of Hentede failed: No such file or directory
error: open of filer/skype- failed: No such file or directory

Expected Results:  correct install

Additional info:

Comment 1 Paul Nasrat 2005-11-28 19:31:10 UTC
Double quoting is needed to support globs in rpm itself (once for shell, once
for rpm).

Comment 2 David Nielsen 2005-11-28 19:48:33 UTC
Still, this breaks the system-package-config frontend for EVERYBODY that places
rpms default in a spaced path - like danish users would.

I consider this quite critical as it completely by default breaks on every
machine around me. Something needs to be done.

Comment 3 Paul Nasrat 2005-11-28 22:59:52 UTC
System-config-packages in it's current form is going away, and doesn't exec rpm
directly.  We'll try to ensure that the replacement for s-c-p works, but that's
a seperate issue from this.

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