.bin files run fails when filename includes a "("

Bug #138451 reported by Filip on 2007-09-09
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Bug Description

This maybe isn't a bug as I am a Linux newbie. I was downloading a *.bin file, to be exact: GoogleEarthLinux.bin with Firefox. The download failed, and Firefox began downloading again, but with a new file name: GoogleEarthLinux(2).bin and it finished successfully. However, I couldn't run this new file because it had a bracket in it's filename (or run chmod on it). It worked only when I changed the filename to the default GoogleEarthLinux.bin.

Basilio Kublik (sourcercito) wrote :

Thank you for your comments. This does not appear to be a bug report and we are closing it. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise your question in the support tracker. [WWW] https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu

By the way, those characters such as ', {,[.(,-, etc are user by the shell for it own purpose and if you want to access them in a name for example from let's say chmod you should either escape them with an \ or enclose the name in ", for example:

user@machine:~$ chmod +x userfile\(2\).bin
user@machine:~$ chmod +x "userfile(2).bin"

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