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Why can't you use special characters in a filename, like “?” or “;”?

When I try to save a file, if I use special characters in the name (such as a colon, question mark, or exclamation point) in Windows I get a message saying that the file name is invalid. Why is that? ...
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What are “:ms-properties ” files?

Due to a failure of a partition managing software, I had to recover the files from my local hard drive with TestDisk on a live Ubuntu drive. Afterwards, I encountered several files named ...
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Does “everything is a file” apply to network printers?

I asked this question on AskUbuntu and I didn't get any answers or comments, so I thought I'd try here. If "everything is a file" in Linux, can I access network printers (IPP) like USB printers ...
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what is the path of the recycle bin directory?

I dragged a file to the recycle bin a few days ago. I have Windows 7 premium on a 245 GB partition, a 240 GB SSD, and a 250 SSD. And somewhere in the past few days I incidentally installed Delta ...
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Why won't Windows hosts file block websites?

I'm trying to block a website because someone keeps downloading crap from this website and it's spyware. I tell them it's spyware and they download it anyway. So I'm trying to block it via the hosts ...
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Error Code Windows 8: 0x80070570

When I try to create a directory or file in my Windows 8 system in the C drive, it pulls up this: "An unexpected error is keeping you from creating the folder. If you continue to receive this error, ...
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Can decompress RAR files with 7z.exe command line?

Can extract RAR files from the terminal with 7z.exe? Thanks! This lines doesn´t works on a Extract.bat file. 7z.exe X Xbox.rar -o
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How to create a random .txt(Human readable text like ascii) file in linux

I need to create a text file which should contain random text data that can be read by human. I know that we can use /dev/urandom and /dev/random for getting random data. But it is not readable by ...
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Restoring Outlook 2010 pst read only file

I am attempting to restore an Outlook 2010 pst file from my file history, but I cannot because it is read only and I do not have permission. I never set it as read only and it is from my old computer ...
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List permissions all parent directories of a single file [duplicate]

Say I have a file located at /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-openjdk-1.6.0.0.x86_64/jre/bin/java. I want to list all its parent directories in order to view their permissions in order to get something like ...
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ls -lrt showing file which is not present

When I do ls -lart in my current working directory it shows lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 10004 36 Dec 16 17:59 index.html ->/home/moviebeam/assets/ui/index.html But I cannot see contents of the ...
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Get the last file name in a variable in bash?

In a directory, I have the following files: myfile_v01.txt myfile_v02.txt myfile_v03.txt How to make a bash script that detects the value of the last version and put the filename of this last ...
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Tagging - copying name files to tags

I have started digitizing my vinyl collection to mp3 and have to type in the name of each track. Is it at all possible to automatically copy the " NAME " of the file to the " TITLE " section of the ...
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Is there a mac2unix utility?

This question is directly related to another question I asked here. Linux/Unix have nice utilities dos2unix and unix2dos for moving files between the two OSs. Are there similar utilities for Macs ...
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Is there a Windows file format with <CR>-separated records (without <LF> characters)?

Today a file was extracted on a Windows system, Windows 7 to be exact, and ftp'd to a Unix system. The application that processes the file deliberately failed, because the file had one line in it, ...
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How to find a file whose size is less than 10 MB?

I need to find a file in my current directory whose size should be less than or equal to 10 MB. ls -lh gives me the file size of each file but not sure how to find the files whose size are less than ...
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What is file ']' ? How is it created?

I wonder how this file got in my directory? When I run ls -lrt it shows -rw-r--r-- 1 and size 117562 . Can I get any directions for this?
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where are usb movies stored once downloaded [closed]

I borrowed a USB from a friend with some movies which I downloaded to my computer over a month ago. Unfortunately the movies weren't named so it was just files without names. I want To watch one but ...
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I can't download files from any browser

I have Windows 8.1. Any time I try to download any file on Chrome, Firefox or IE, the file starts, downloads about 3MB, then finishes even if the file is larger than that. The browser says the file is ...
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VMware Virtual Machine recover files without mounting

I transferred the directory with my VMWare Virtual Machine Linux Mint to a new harddisk. I didn't know that I had to change the directory path in the VMware settings, so I couldn't mount my Virtual ...
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Color empty files in Windows

I face a need to show empty (0 bytes size) files in color in Windows Explorer. (I get them over sftp and need to know whether they're empty to prevent data loss - an application creates empty files ...
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change a .bat file to omit extensions when listing files in win 7

dir /b > filenames.txt Re named to .bat gives me file names with ext, I want to list without extensions, Any ideas anybody
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Windows File Server audit

I would like to know that how to check out the logs of files and folders deletion on windows server 2008 as well as who did it from where and when?
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How does OS X keep track of changed filenames?

I was playing a song in iTunes when I decided to change the name of the folder the song was stored in. The song however kept playing and when I checked 'Get Info' in iTunes, the path showed the ...
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Backup Note Anytime files

I am using the Note Anytime app on Windows 8. I want to save my files, that are transcripts/notes of lectures (and therefore very important to me), but I can't find the files. So how can I backup the ...
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Check if a file is scheduled to be deleted

In Windows, a program can schedule a file to be deleted when the computer restarts. Is there a way to know if a file is scheduled to be deleted, short of restarting the computer, and checking if the ...
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Icons and Open file dialog are messed up after backuping Windows system folders on external hard drive

On Windows 7 I moved my Document and Desktop folders (using Windows Explorer, not on command line) to an external hard disc (directory F:\backup\). When the hard disc is not attached and I use File ...
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Modified times of folders

How does the inheritance and propagation of modified times happen? In order to better put my question, I am going to list three examples: A folder has three files. One file gets modified (by any ...
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Unable to write files on CentOS

I have a VPS running on CentOS 6 and apache2 as webserver. I have several PHP scripts running in my server, and everything goes smooth, except to file writing. For some reason, my PHP scripts are ...
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A method to find two strings within distance

I have a large text file collection. I'm looking for a way to find two strings that are on the same line (in the same file) in the collection where the distance in characters between those two ...
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Are there any issues of have huge files in HD in a 32 bit system?

I know that in 32 bit systems the largest memory we can have is 4GB (2^32). But I am not clear what is the implication of this in terms of files. I think that we can have files of arbitrary size in ...
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Command or script to paste a file into multiple folders and have the file type overwrite the same of its kind while keeping the original file's name?

The title kind of already explains it but I'll be a bit more specific here. I'm looking to replace a .jpg file in multiple different folders with a different .jpg file, but I want to be able to keep ...
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How to interpret and fix a Input/output error in Linux?

I am running a daily backup with rsync. Starting some days ago, one of the files has been throwing this error during the backup: rsync: read errors mapping "/home/folder/file.ext": Input/output error ...
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Do symbolic links work both directions?

I created a symbolic link between a folder on my local computer and DropBox. If I modify files in the linked folder on Dropbox from another computer, will those new/modified files also be pushed into ...
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Reading a file from an alternate location

I have a certain file (data.abc) located in, say, my home folder. I make a copy of it to another location (for example, "/mnt/ramtemp/"). Whenever the file in my home folder is accessed by any ...
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Power Failures and Torrent Download

I am downloading a large torrent. I had 2 power failures during the download. Will this affect the file integrity? The torrent client did not seem to run a check once I booted up after power was ...
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Delete files older than 7 days in folder and its subfolder [duplicate]

I need to have a windows batch file which does delete all files which are older than 7 days in a folder and its subfolders without deleting any folders.
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Can Robocopy ensure file integrity?

I am trying to copy a large file, around 10G size, over Internet using Robocopy, but I am a bit concerned about the file integrity. So can I just trust Robocopy to ensure file integrity or I need to ...
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Is there such a thing as a file hosted container which deduplicates data held within?

Background I have backups of a website which stores all of it's data into a single file. This file is several gigs large and I have many different backups of this file. Most of the data within is ...
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How do I make bluefish open only one instance?

When opening files in blue fish, by default it keeps opens new files in new windows rather than opening one instance and then opening several tabs. OS: Fedora 17 Bluefish version: 2.2.3 How can I ...
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What program/app is renaming files with “yyyy-mm-dd hh.mm.ss” as the filename?

My pictures folder has a bunch of renamed pictures and movies, with many duplicates all the sudden. All the renamed files are named with this date/time format: yyyy-mm-dd hh.mm.ss. Original files ...
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Select files which end with certain characters

Is there any way to select files which end with certain characters in Windows? I have a folder which contains a large number of pictures which have been created but with a resized size, and I'd like ...
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Non-ISO extended-ASCII text

when i tried to know the encoding of the file all.txt using $ file all.txt it shows this message all.txt: Non-ISO extended-ASCII text, with very long lines what is the kind of this encoding ...
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Windows 8 safe file copy?

Does Windows 8 64-bit copy files safely in the explorer (safe = write + verify the write) between folders? If not, is there a built-in or 3rd party tool that can? I want to leave no doubt that the ...
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How to enlarge RAID5 array with MegaRAID WebBIOS?

I'm a little confused with RAID5. I created a RAID5 array group from WebBIOS with 6 drives. Then created an XFS partition on this RAID5 drive. How can I enlarge the RAID5 without losing data? In ...
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How can I know what subfolders rm -rf attempted to delete first?

I mistakenly run rm -rf on a wrong folder and than cancel the operation after two seconds. The folder is quite big with many subfolders and maybe 1% was deleted. How can I know what subfolders rm ...
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Strange replication between volumes

In one PC i found strange issue: there are two folders C:\folder1\ and D:\folder2 on it, when i create file in one of them (either), the same file instantly appears in another folder. What can cause ...
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Convert .oxps file to .pdf file on Windows 8

I have done a university assignment and accidentally saved it as an .oxps file... How might I convert .oxps file to .pdf on Windows 8?
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Easiest method of creating multiple Word documents with incremental number?

I need to create about 80 Word documents that are identical except for a numerical identifier in the document. The identifier is the same as the document filename, eg. the document named "SN-100.doc" ...
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Files not sent (msdos/ftp)

I have a problem. I tried to upload a video to my company platform by ftp using msdos comands. The conection does ok and it returns the message "ftp: 687036 bytes sent in 1.75s 393.49kbytes/s. ftp>" ...