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Re: [Condor-users] weird behavior -- commas and quotes in condor_submit arguments

Under Unix, I observe no trouble passing these arguments through. Therefore, it appears that the problem is Windows-specific.

In Windows, Condor tries to produce command line arguments that will be correctly interpreted by the Windows function CommandLineToArgv(). Not all Windows programs use CommandLineToArgv() to parse their arguments. I am not personally knowledgeable about whether batch scripts use this function. I'll discuss with the Windows experts here.

The old-style arguments syntax in Condor is platform-specific. Under Windows, it directly appends to the final command line whatever you enter in the submit file (with the exception of backslashes in front of double-quotes, which Condor strips off). Therefore, you could try starting with the following old-style syntax and then adding escapes or whatever you need to do in order to get the right effect:

arguments = \"myfunction('arg1','arg2')\"


Matthijs van der Meer wrote:

Help! I'd like to run a condor job with arguments that contain double quotes, single quotes, and commas, but condor_submit is always able to mangle my input beyond recognition. As a testbed, I run a batch file that just echo's its input arguments, like so:

echo %1 %2 %3 ...

When I then submit the following:

executable = echo_inputs.bat
universe = vanilla
arguments = """myfunction('''arg1''','''arg2''')"""

I'm using the new style arguments formatting: the intention is to end up with


HOWEVER, what actually gets run (the output of the echo batch file) is

"\"myfunction('arg1' 'arg2')\""

(Note disappearance of comma, backslash insertion, and lack of double double quote deletion.) As I understand it, this is not at all in agreement with the condor_submit documentation at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor/manual/v6.8/condor_submit.html.

Can someone shed light on this? I'm using 6.8.5 with all Windows machines.


- Matthijs
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