I'm a psychology student at the VU Amsterdam. For my statistic courses this software called IBM SPSS statistics is required andabsolutly neccesary. I bought it of the official website and downloaded the .zip file. I've tried to open it with archivemanager and it was extracting something but in the end it always said:

Invalid url: '/home/mumen420/.cache/.fr-Q2kVc7/IBM' given, exiting

I've tried to use the unzip command and that always responds with

mumen420@Laptop-chan:~$ unzip IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Linux.zip
unzip:  cannot find or open IBM, IBM.zip or IBM.ZIP

marked as duplicate by dessert, muru command-line Nov 16 '17 at 15:59

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You should use \ for the escape character so that it knows there is a space where ever there is a space in the filename:

unzip IBM\ SPSS\ Statistics\ 24\ Linux.zip

Hope this helps!


Besides from escaping, you can also quote the file name:

unzip "IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Linux.zip"


unzip 'IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Linux.zip'
  • What is the difference between the two types of quoting? – pa4080 Nov 16 '17 at 16:04
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    @pa4080 variable expansion, command substitution, history expansion etc. take place in double quotes, but not in single quotes. – muru Nov 16 '17 at 16:44
  • @pa4080 There is no difference at all in this exact case. ;P – dessert Nov 16 '17 at 17:09
  • For sure in this exact case :) – pa4080 Nov 16 '17 at 19:05

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