Exec failing when there are spaces in parameters

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Aug 8, 2012, 4:07:54 AM8/8/12
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Hi Guys

I am trying to use Exec to run msdeploy and having some issues. One of the parameters -source: has spaces in its value i.e.
Exec { $msdeploy -verb:sync -source:package=$package -dest:dest}

$package may have spaces in the path like c:\some data\package files\

How do I handle this?

Jason Jarrett

Aug 8, 2012, 2:20:59 PM8/8/12
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You might give one of the following a try...

       Exec { $msdeploy -verb:sync -source:package="$package" -dest:dest} 

The above sometimes doesn't work (haven't figured out when/why it does/doesn't)


       Exec { $msdeploy -verb:sync "-source:package=$package" -dest:dest} 

It's just a guess, but hope one of these might help.

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Peter Seale

Aug 8, 2012, 2:30:21 PM8/8/12
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PowerShell's command-line support is brutal, as you are discovering. Thankfully the PowerShell Community Extensions features a "echoargs" utility which will help you troubleshoot your problem.

Install PSCX on your machine and run:

Exec { echoargs $msdeploy -verb:sync "-source:package=$package" -dest:dest}  

...and see what echoargs outputs. I think you want to see the entirety of  -source:package="$package" as one argument, WITH quotes included. Keep tweaking the placement of your quotes until it works.

My first guess is

Exec { $msdeploy -verb:sync "-source:package=""$package""" -dest:dest} 

Jorge Matos

Aug 9, 2012, 12:54:21 AM8/9/12
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try wrapping it with double quotes

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