[Samba] Question marks, asterisks, colons in filenames

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 09:55:21 MST 2013

i bookmarked the #Reserved_characters_and_words section of that wiki article.
However, the point is, there are times that the end user is not naming
the files directly, but the OS or an application is doing so.

wget will put escaped ? into filenames, but a windows machine will not
be able to read it.
mkdir "`date`"  allows one to make a folder name based on the time
with slashes and colons, but of course windows chokes on that.

Further, file systems need to save time, not consume a weekend.  The
problem is mostly with NTFS, but we can not control that.  If there
was a filesystem layer in a samba share that prevented the creation of
files / folders incompatible with windows, that would save time.  A
windows filenaming compatibility mode or just get rid of windows and
Macs altogether.  i prefer the latter, but that would entail getting
rid of family members and my job.

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM, L.P.H. van Belle <belle at bazuin.nl> wrote:
> wel ... just look here whats allowed.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filename
> The discussion of * or ? etc, in naming is bad should not be done here.
> I had the same with my collection, what is did was, add a new options in my tagging.
> artist and albumartist.  where artist is the person whos singing it, and the albumartist is the
> person/groep who released it, and i dont use strang ( not allowed )  characters in the albumartist.
> thats how you can fix it pretty easy.
> and yes, i have "some" special characters in filenames, but only the allowed ones.
> and no, i dont have problems with windows and unix with these files.
> Louis
>>-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
>>Van: rob.townley at gmail.com
>>[mailto:samba-bounces at lists.samba.org] Namens Rob Townley
>>Verzonden: dinsdag 19 februari 2013 0:34
>>Aan: Jonathan Buzzard
>>CC: samba at lists.samba.org
>>Onderwerp: Re: [Samba] Question marks, asterisks, colons in filenames
>>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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>>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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