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From "Gordon Henriksen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MNG-2190) -Dkey=value parameters cannot include spaces in the value
Date Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:52:44 GMT
-Dkey=value parameters cannot include spaces in the value

         Key: MNG-2190
     Project: Maven 2
        Type: Bug

  Components: Command Line  
    Versions: 2.0.2    
 Environment: Darwin
    Reporter: Gordon Henriksen

Even if I properly escape spaces in a path at the shell level, Maven seems to re-split the
command parameters. For instance, on Unix, the following should all run the compile goal with
a property foo="bar baz":

    $ mvn compile "-Dfoo=bar baz"
    $ mvn compile -Dfoo="bar baz"
    $ mvn compile -Dfoo=bar\ baz

But in fact, Maven fails, complaining that "baz" is an invalid task:

    [INFO] Scanning for projects...
    [INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Invalid task 'baz': you must specify a valid lifecycle phase, or a goal in the
format plugin:goal or pluginGroupId:pluginArtifactId:pluginVersion:goal
    [INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] For more information, run Maven with the -e switch
    [INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Total time: < 1 second
    [INFO] Finished at: Wed Mar 29 15:21:01 EST 2006
    [INFO] Final Memory: 1M/2M
    [INFO] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Is this intended behavior? Seems as if Maven is unnecessarily splitting the string, when the
OS already does as much.

I was merely trying to run:

    mvn deploy:deploy-file "-Dfile=/Users/me/Desktop/Bellicose SDK/lib/Bellicose.jar" ...

In my case, it's practical to work around by renaming the Bellicose SDK folder, but it seems
as if Windows users stuck with "C:\Documents and Settings\..." might have a harder time of

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