remote command word splitting

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Thu Dec 2 10:02:03 EST 2004

Damien Miller wrote:
> Maybe the way that ssh reconstructs the argument string to send to the
> server could be changed to insert quotes around arguments with spaces in
> them, but that would require ssh to examine the commands themselves.

There's no guarantee that the shell on the server is going to understand 
quotes the same way the client does, either.  What are the quoting rules 
for Windows?  VMS?  OS/390?  NetWare?  etc...

> I don't think that this is acceptable because it means that ssh would
> magically muck with your command behind your back. I have no doubt that
> this would break people's scripts.


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