2018-09-19 19:01:44 UTC
In a fresh Ubuntu installation, file names with spaces and strange
symbols are now quoted.
If find this annoying, non-intuitive and, in principle, wrong (I'll
I initially wrote this email a few weeks ago, and decided not to send it
without honestly giving it a real try. Since it's been over a month now,
I've decided to send it.
I understand that this is configurable for ls, but that means, every
time or every user needs to do this. It is difficult to understand how
many people are for or against. There's always a couple of people in
favour of it in the mailing list, and a lot against (but I acknowledge
that that may not reflect the true proportion).
The new behaviour can be annoying, and can make it harder to process
information quickly. This may be a matter of preference, but the
presence of the extra quote and the misalignment that that causes draws
one's attention to the quote. File names with similar but related names
no longer appear aligned in ls which, again, draws attention to the
quote when one is processing long lists of files. It also makes names
with quotes pretty hard to understand.
I have read about the reasons *for* doing this. While the new behaviour
helps copy & paste, it's counter intuitive, because the symbol is not
part of the name (but it could be).
Ultimately, the rationale could be simpler: the quote symbol is *just
not there in the file name*.
Please, make literal the default for ls (and any other program that may
be affected by this).
All the best,