[CentOS] Bash question

Fri Jul 6 14:34:03 UTC 2018
Anand Buddhdev <anandb at ripe.net>

On 06/07/2018 15:18, Jerry Geis wrote:

> MSG="file 2"
> MSG="csv \"$MSG\""
> echo $MSG
> /opt/libreoffice5.4/program/soffice.bin --headless --convert-to $MSG

This is a really convoluted way of doing things, and you'd have to be a
super expert in quoting to get this right. Instead, why don't you just
have 2 variables, and pass them both, eg:

FILENAME="my file with spaces"
/path/to/soffice.bin --headless --convert-to "$MSG" "$FILENAME"

Remember to quote both variables, so that if they have any spaces, the
spaces are not accidentally seen as parameter separators, and instead
get passed to the soffice.bin program.