forbidden characters in file names

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zoran, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    What problems might occur when one saves files with filenames that contain characters that used to be -or still are- "forbidden", like commas, brackets, dollar signs, hash tags etc. Either saving files on a Windows local server or even locally on ones hard drive with Yosemite!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're renaming a file, both OS X and Windows will alert you if you're using a restricted character. Some characters that are restricted on one platform are permitted on another. This may be useful:

    OS X: Cross-platform filename best practices and conventions
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What about Windows? The same holds true, although the characters may be different. A simple Google search for restricted characters in file names for Windows will give you the list.
     
  5. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Single platform best practices and conventions

    Thanks.

    At least one of those best practices may also apply when working with OS X alone:

    Excel Opening As Read OnlyBugs in Microsoft Office, and an answer in Ask Different

    Unicode equivalence

    Much more obscurely, and not a concern if you use HFS Plus: with some file system implementations, if you do not choose normalisation form D (NFD) when the file system is created, then characters such as é may be troublesome.

    Two ZFS-related points of reference:
     

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