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qtconsole ipython widget's execute_file fails if filename contains spaces or quotes #762

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Issue #755. Yet another patchwork path hack. Tested on Windows XP and OSX.


Using %run to execute a file seems like the only reasonable thing to do. It's a shame that escaping the quotes doesn't work better, but what can you do?

Anyway, thanks for the fix.

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Commits on Sep 5, 2011
  1. @jdmarch
  2. @jdmarch

    BUG: Do need to quote some quotes in %run, so quote them all.

    jdmarch authored
    (Still do not support both single and double quotes in the same filename.)
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@@ -253,6 +253,18 @@ def execute_file(self, path, hidden=False):
if sys.platform == 'win32':
path = os.path.normpath(path).replace('\\', '/')
+ # Perhaps we should not be using %run directly, but while we
+ # are, it is necessary to quote filenames containing spaces or quotes.
+ # Escaping quotes in filename in %run seems tricky and inconsistent,
+ # so not trying it at present.
+ if '"' in path:
+ if "'" in path:
+ raise ValueError("Can't run filename containing both single "
+ "and double quotes: %s" % path)
+ path = "'%s'" % path
+ elif ' ' in path or "'" in path:
+ path = '"%s"' % path
self.execute('%%run %s' % path, hidden=hidden)
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