KBEC-00093 - Using metacharacters as separators in properties

Description

When creating and referencing property values:

  • If you use slash:
    /

    then most of the DOS scripts work fine when expanded, but other shells complain.

  • If you use backslash:
    \

    then the Perl scripts cancel them out entirely when they are expanded.

Solution 1

Keep all of your properties with forward slashes in them, like

            ectool setProperty /myJob/forwardPath   "c:/ea/scripts"

When you want to use it in Perl, use it directly.

If Perl is passing it to a Windows command through "system()", convert the slashes using Perl

            s'/'\\'g;

Now for the tricky one, if you need it in a Windows command directly, use

            dir $[/javascript myJob.forwardPath.replace(/\//g, '\\')]
Solution 2

Keep all of your properties with backslashes in them, like

            ectool setProperty /myJob/ windowsPath "c:\ea\scripts"

When you want to use it in Perl, use:

            my $windowsPath = "$[/javascript myJob.windowsPath.replace(/\\/g, '\\\\')]";

If you need it in a Windows command directly, use it directly.

When creating property names:

  • If you use square brackets/braces:
    []

    then the property must be encapsulated in square brackets to avoid property sheet expansion.

Note: This works for specific functions, such as creating a link on a job, but there are drawbacks. The property cannot be edited or deleted from the web interface.

Solution

Keep all square brackets in a property name, like

            ectool setProperty "/myJob/report-urls[This property name has [some square bracket] text in it]" "http://google.com"
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