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I believe there's a simple fix but cannot debug it out.

I have file called "file name with space" How do I cat this file from Linux bash ?

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cat "file name with space" or cat file\ name\ with\ space – ctn Jun 12 '13 at 18:22
cat "file with space" doesn't work!? Good luck. – shellter Jun 12 '13 at 18:22
Sure: name your file file_name_with_underscore... – H2CO3 Jun 12 '13 at 18:27
@H2CO3 Why if it works if everythin is implemented well? – glglgl Jun 12 '13 at 18:34
@glglgl Safe, convenient, cross-platform and idiomatic. – H2CO3 Jun 12 '13 at 18:35

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Does putting quotation marks around the name not work?

cat "file name with space"
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Use the escape character '\' like this

cat file\ name\ with\ space
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A third option would be

cat 'file name with space'

where the file name may contain everything but the '.

If it does, such as file n'ame, replace every ' with '\'':

cat 'file n'\''ame'
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Enclosing the file in double quotes should work i.e.

cat "file name with space" 
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