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I am using an encrypted (Truecrypt) data-Partition (fat32), on which my Dropbox folder is located. This Partition is mounted on Windows 8 as well as Crunchbang (Debian wheezy) and Ubuntu 12.10. When it has mounted, Dropbox starts to synchronize the folder (in principle on every OS, but currently only Crunchbang is configured for Dropbox).

Now when I save a file or create a directory with a special character (umlauts in particular), then this file/folder will be renamed - three times, creating three items with the same content, but different names.

An example:

  • bafög.odt
  • bafög.odt
  • bafög.odt

This only happens inside the Dropbox directory, every other directory works fine. Since I am german, it is impractical to avoid special characters (especially umlauts), most of all winside shared dropbox folders, because then I'd have to ask everyone to avoid those characters too.

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Why don't you just avoid these characters? The encoding problem can easily explained on the Windows machine. As for the two Linux installations I assume your using the same region and language for those? – Ramhound Dec 11 '12 at 13:04
Since I am german, it is impractical to avoid umlauts - most of all, sicne I have shared folders inside Dropbox I'd have to convince the other people using the folders to avoid those characters as well. As I said, currently only Crunchbang is configured to use Dropbox so I suspect that my Filesystem encodes differently than Dropbox transmits. Also, deleting the files with faulty names leaves one perfectly good file on Dropbox and my Computer. – alex Dec 17 '12 at 7:45
That is important information update your question to reflect that information. – Ramhound Dec 17 '12 at 12:30

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