[Samba] Inexistant file displayed by samba

Dennis Clarke dclarke at blastwave.org
Thu Sep 4 17:12:06 GMT 2008

> On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 12:55 PM, Dennis Clarke <dclarke at blastwave.org>
> wrote:
>>>> You should look on your Samba server to see if there are funny looking
>>>> three letter files named "con" or "com" or such.
>>> con is a DOS reserved name. That's why Samba mangles it.
>> right .. I knew that but you missed the point.
>> The point, to be pedantic and clear here, is that Microsoft *should* be
>> well past the days of that DOS restriction.
> It is not. I guess they do not want to cut off some backward
> compatibility. I mean try to create a directory named CON in windows
> XP. I just did and it called it New Folder instead of CON.

Seems insane. On the one hand Microsoft is notorious for breaking
compatibility in things like MS-Word but drags around this DOS console
thing from 1984. Maybe even earlier.

Personally I see it as a bug in Microsoft DOS 6.22 that never went away.


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