Dollar in file name

Gábor Csárdi csardi.gabor at
Thu Apr 30 12:58:00 CEST 2020

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 7:40 AM Dagobert Michelsen <dam at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 30.04.2020 um 04:59 schrieb Gábor Csárdi via users <users at>:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I happen to have two files with '$' characters in their names, and
> > `mgar package` fails because apparently pkgmk does not handle this.
> >
> > Is there a workaround? Is it possible to rename the files, and then
> > rename them back after installation? They are not needed during
> > compilation.
> You can rename these during postinstall, but I would recommended to not use
> files with such names. The same applies for files with spaces which also
> cannot be installed with pkgmk. A solution would rename the files upfront with
> some kind of escaping, then call pkgmk and either a postinstall script or
> a class action script that would rename the files back. However, I would
> recommend to change the software to use the files with the changes names
> (e.g. _ instead of space and some other charachter instead of $).

Thanks! It is unfortunately not up to me to choose the filenames, and
changing this upstream is pretty hopeless. I also cannot easily change
it in a patch, because these files are referred to in other files.

I am having a hard time finding more docs on Makefile files for the
build system, can you point me to the right place? Or show me a small
example how such renaming + renaming back would go?

Thanks again!


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