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Re: How do I print a quote with a perl one liner on dos?

by thinker (Parson)
on Mar 23, 2005 at 09:55 UTC ( #441724=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How do I print a quote with a perl one liner on dos?

hi tphyahoo,

Are you sure you have asked the correct question? If so, this will do what you want

perl -le "print chr 34"


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Re^2: How do I print a quote with a perl one liner on dos?
by tphyahoo (Vicar) on Mar 23, 2005 at 10:07 UTC
    Thanks Thinker, I guess I didn't really ask the right question.

    What I really want is to have the same nice quoting behaviors in my one liners that I am used to in perl. Dos is weird with quotes. I was wondering if there is some kind of workaround.

    I would like to be able to do

    perl -e "$helloWorld = '"hello world"'; print "$helloWorld"";
    and have it "just work" (ie, print hello world with double quotes around it) without being in escape-with-backslash hell, ie,
    perl -e "$helloWorld = '\"hello world\"'; print "$helloWorld"";

    as, with gellyfish's help, I now know to do.

    I guess maybe this really isn't *that* "hellish" but it isn't anywhere near as heavenly as perl outside of the dos shell. So, if there is some other trick...

      when you print $whatever you don't need to print "$whatever" unless you want to print "$whatever and $something else in the same string" - that'll at least save you two backslashed double quotes.

      that said, the point is that with the windows command shell the double quote is the string quoting character so in order not to have your perl -e code string stop at the next ", you have to escape it for the shell's benefit. to illustrate - escaping outside of the -e code: perl -e "print qq(@ARGV)" \"hello world\"

      I guess the trick is that you use single quotes instead ;)

      perl -e "$helloworld = qq('hello world'); print $helloworld"

      perl -le "s,,reverse killer,e,y,rifle,lycra,,print"

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