[Samba] Question marks, asterisks, colons in filenames

Jonathan Buzzard jonathan at buzzard.me.uk
Mon Feb 18 15:56:50 MST 2013

On 18/02/13 19:16, Ray wrote:
> Hi,
> I suppose this question must have been posted a hundred times, but
> Google brings up nothing useful:
> Consider "The Wall" from Pink Floyd in an MP3 collection. There's "In
> The Flesh.mp3" and "In The Flesh?.mp3" as tracks. Or, another example in
> an MP3 collection: There's a Band called "Stellar", but there's also a
> band called "Stellar*". Naming files like this is no problem in Linux.

Anyone putting "special" characters in file names has a special place in 
hell reserved for them. It is plain stupid, just don't do it.

Personally I would name them all wall01.mp3, wall02.mp3 etc. and add ID3 
tags to them. Any decent graphical file manager and/or music player will 
display the tag information. Stop abusing the filename to store metadata 
when there is a standard for storing that metadata in the file.


Jonathan A. Buzzard                 Email: jonathan (at) buzzard.me.uk
Fife, United Kingdom.

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