Subject: Re: argc (omitted argv[0] in count, corrected)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/22
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Joe Marshall <>
| That would likely be an incorrect `solution'.

  Quite the reverse of what we want, actually.  It's a design flaw
  that arguments to programs aren't typed and that quoting, etc, is
  stripped by the time you get it in the program.  The effort required
  of a shell script to ensure that random arguments to random programs
  are not misinterpreted as options is distinctily non-trivial.

| If you did this unconditionally, then it would be impossible for the
| calling process to pass in an argument that contains that particular
| field separator.  This occurs way too often in Windows, where people
| like to put spaces in filenames, but is not unknown to happen in
| other OS's.

  The user tendency to restrict the names of files to whatever is
  convenient to type in the shell is a symptom of the design flaw.
  Files should be named whatever the user thinks is descriptive.  We
  have thoroughly abandoned the six- or eight-character filename.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.