Parse a string into argv-like list like OS does

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Sun Aug 1 15:12:46 CEST 2010

Before I reinvent the wheel, is there a module that provides a
command-line like parser that I can use? By command-line like
parser, I mean that I would like to pass a string to this
function and get back a list in the same manner as the OS
receives a command line string which it parses into discrete
items (handling quoted strings, backslashes, etc)

I have a bunch of command lines (as strings) and I would like to
parse them into argv-like lists for analysis and documentation.

Thank you,
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