rpmbuild and whitespace in path names

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can anyone help me building rpms when the _topdir path name contains whitespace?

example command:
rpmbuild -ba --define '_topdir /home/fs/eg g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm' --clean build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm/SPECS/texttemplate.spec
This fails with:
+ umask 022
+ cd /home/fs/eg g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm/BUILD
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.16608: line 21: cd: /home/fs/eg: No such file or directory
So I tried to quote the path:
rpmbuild -ba --define '_topdir "/home/fs/eg g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm"' --clean build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm/SPECS/texttemplate.spec
error: File "/home/fs/eg g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm"/SOURCES/texttemplate-0.2.0.tar.gz: No such file or directory
Obviously, rpmbuild just concats the given path with other components. So I went for
quoting with backslashes:
rpmbuild -ba --define '_topdir /home/fs/eg\ g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm' --clean build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm/SPECS/texttemplate.spec
error: File /home/fs/eg g/build/bdist.linux-x86_64/rpm/SOURCES/texttemplate-0.2.0.tar.gz: No such file or directory
Double/Tripple backslashes did not work either.

Yes, I can rename/symlink the directory but I think that software should be able to deal with whitespace in pathnames. After all, just passing commands unquoted to shell commands is bad. And *denying* the use of proper quoting is /evil/ -- IMHO.
Any hints how to resolve that issue? If not, does anyone know the bug report number in
bugzilla (I didn't find one)?

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