Clive's picture


I have just discovered tklbam and I am well impressed.

For one of my servers I need to exclude a number of files so I have added them to the overrides file. However if there is a space in the path or file name then tklbam falls over.

For example the line:

-/home/me/www/file withspace.htm

 in etc/tklbam/overrides gives

File "/usr/lib/tklbam/", line 53, in fromfile
raise Error(`limit` + " is not a legal limit")
backup.Error: 'withspace.htm' is not a legal limit

I have tried putting the path inside single or double quotes, no better, nor does escaping out the spaces with \ help.

Looking at the source could it would appear that the developers had forseen that several overrides could be put on the same line separated by spaces as there is "limits+=line.split()" in the code.

I have overcome the problem for the moment by substituting "\s" for the spaces in the file paths.


Clive's picture

Please explain - all your posts here seem to recommend long path tool with no further explanation.


Jeremy Davis's picture

I'm pretty sure that it was just a spammer...

FWIW this is fairly normal behaviour with Linux. By default many Linux tools (and most Windows commandline tools) do not like paths that include spaces (or a range of other characters). Best practice is to not include spaces in file and pathnames.

But OTOH as humans, spaces in path and filenames are aesthetically pleasing! :) I haven't tested it, but my suspicion would be that if you enclose the path in quotes (I'd try double quotes initially but if that doesn't work then try single ones too) then it should work. Have a go and let me know how it goes...

Clive's picture

Hi Jeremy,

Yes, pretty sure too - but willing to give him the benefit of the doubt...

Have already tried quotes (see OP) without success. Anyway the "\s" workaraound that I found seems to be still working.

Thanks for your input on this (old) problem



Jeremy Davis's picture

Thanks for the extra info though. Also sorry that no one gave you a timely response (to this very old issue...!)

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