[Samba] Question marks, asterisks, colons in filenames

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 16:34:11 MST 2013

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM, Jonathan Buzzard
<jonathan at buzzard.me.uk> wrote:
> 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.
> JAB.
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> Fife, United Kingdom.
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JAB, have you ever pulled down a website with wget?  Have you ever
looked at  www.dropbox.com/bad_files_check  which shows all the native
files on your Linux box that will never make it to windows.

Is there some kind of regular expression transliterate functionality?
A way to force windows only characters for samba shares?

Ray, on more than one occasion swat has documentation that is nowhere else.

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