String::ShellQuote(3) quote strings for passing through the shell


$string = shell_quote @list;
$string = shell_quote_best_effort @list;
$string = shell_comment_quote $string;


This module contains some functions which are useful for quoting strings which are going to pass through the shell or a shell-like object.
shell_quote [string]...
shell_quote quotes strings so they can be passed through the shell. Each string is quoted so that the shell will pass it along as a single argument and without further interpretation. If no strings are given an empty string is returned.

If any string can't be safely quoted shell_quote will croak.

shell_quote_best_effort [string]...
This is like shell_quote, excpet if the string can't be safely quoted it does the best it can and returns the result, instead of dying.
shell_comment_quote [string]
shell_comment_quote quotes the string so that it can safely be included in a shell-style comment (the current algorithm is that a sharp character is placed after any newlines in the string).

This routine might be changed to accept multiple string arguments in the future. I haven't done this yet because I'm not sure if the strings should be joined with blanks ($") or nothing ($,). Cast your vote today! Be sure to justify your answer.


    $cmd = 'fuser 2>/dev/null ' . shell_quote @files;
    @pids = split ' ', `$cmd`;
    print CFG "# Configured by: ",
                shell_comment_quote($ENV{LOGNAME}), "\n";


Only Bourne shell quoting is supported. I'd like to add other shells (particularly cmd.exe), but I'm not familiar with them. It would be a big help if somebody supplied the details.


Roderick Schertler <[email protected]>