Bug report #9751

MSYS shortcut doesn't handle path with spaces

Added by Jessica Hamilton over 8 years ago. Updated over 8 years ago.

Category:Windows Package
Affected QGIS version:2.2.0 Regression?:No
Operating System: Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:fixed/implemented
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:18300


In msys.bat, when starting the shell, should use syntax e.g. start "MSYS" "%WD%sh". Otherwise when launching, get an error like "Cannot find C:\\Program". the "MSYS" is also required, because otherwise the quoted string gets interpreted as a window title.

Related issues

Related to QGIS Application - Bug report #10001: Window 7 menu shortcuts broken Closed 2014-04-05


#1 Updated by Keith Jenkins over 8 years ago

This is an issue with the Windows installation of QGIS. The spaces-in-path-names problem has been debated in the MinGW project that maintains MSYS. See http://sourceforge.net/p/mingw/bugs/1109/?limit=10&page=2#3208

They advise not to put msys.bat in a folder where the path name contains spaces.

But since QGIS (and thus MSYS) installs into the "Program Files" folder (as do nearly all Windows programs), it would be good to provide a modified copy (fixed as Jessica suggests above) of msys.bat in the QGIS Windows installer.

#2 Updated by Thad Kerosky over 8 years ago

If you quote all of the executables in the msys.bat vendor file, especially rxvt.exe, then the program goes away on Windows XP.

#3 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 8 years ago

  • Category set to Windows Package

#4 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 8 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed/implemented
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

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