filename banned characters in windows

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    ishaan New Member

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    hey

    dz nebody know why these characters:

    \ / : * ? " < > |

    are not allowed to be used in filenames in win?

    wats diff about them ?
     
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    These all charactors have special meaning in OS.


    \ / - File System delimiters

    : - because it is used to specify mount points (drives eg C: )

    * ? - they are wildchars (eg dir *.* dir *.?xt)

    “ – it is used to specify long file names (file names with space) eg copy "my long file" e:

    < > - streams redirection (eg dir>textfile.exe)

    | - pipe (output of one process is input of other) (eg dir |more)
     
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    rajkumar_personal Ignorance is BLISS !!

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    They are the characters that Windows uses for its own purpose such as getting access to folders, networks, access a mounted drive, and also for various wildcard characters which are used mostly for searching purposes.

    Hence it refuses to name any file with these extensions
     
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    cool...never thought of that...thanks aadipa and rajkumar_personal
     
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    rajkumar_personal Ignorance is BLISS !!

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    Always welcome buddy !

    We are always there to help each other out, aren't we !
     
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