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27 Nov 2022 21:24:38 EST (-0500)
  Re: Output_File_Name -- missing double quotes in documentation  
From: Alain
Date: 9 Apr 2017 22:55:21
Message: <58eaf419$1@news.povray.org>

> "Kenneth" <kdw### [at] gmailcom> wrote:
>> I don't know if this is specific to the Windows platform, but there's a small
>> error in the v3.7.1 beta 5 documentation, as well as on the current wiki page at
>> http://wiki.povray.org/content/Reference:File_Output_Options
>>  re: Output_File_Name. I think the docs' errors have been there for awhile,
>> actually.
>> In Windows, if I want to specify my own folder location for output renders, I
>> have to write it like this-- with double quotes at beginning and end--
>> Output_File_Name="C:\Users\Computer\Documents\Kens POV-Ray rendered IMAGES\"
>> The documentation doesn't mention those double quotes. Leaving them out causes a
>> (non-fatal) render error, but the image isn't written to a file (as far as I can
>> tell.)
>> The Windows-specific included documentation doesn't mention this either, at
>> 1.4.7 The Render Window.
> It is not required as long as the name does not include spaces. This has been
> the case since 3.6 iirc. I am pretty sure it was documented somewhere in the
> command line reference section. If I had to guess, it would be in the
> introductory section of the command line reference...

Since 3.1g, probably sooner, it's possible to dirrect your image to any 
user specified folder.
The use of quotes, single or double, is mandatorry whenever you have 
space anywhere in the path. It must be as old as the introduction of 
long file names, way back to 1995.
Before that, spaces where not allowed at all, and the use of quotes was 
never needed.

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