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How to force Windows XP to rename a file with a special character?

I have a song that Windows can't play because there is a question mark in the name of the file. "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?.ogg" // as an example So I try to rename it and Windows complains ...
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Files with illegal filenames [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to force Windows XP to rename a file with a special character? I have a few files whose names have characters such as "?" and ":" that are forbidden by windows. I'm ...
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How to batch rename files copied from OSX to Windows with ':' in filenames?

This is really puzzling. I have lots of videos that were stored using Mac OS, and now I have to edit them on Windows XP. I copied files using HFSExplorer. Editing software refuses to open the files ...
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How to delete file with this name on linux: -]???????q

Somehow a file named -]???????q got created on my terminal. I tried rm -f "-]???????q" (in double quotes), but it did not get deleted. (Error:: rm: invalid option -- ]). How do I delete it?
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What does a blue filename in Windows Explorer mean?

I am viewing a network share where some filenames are in blue instead of black. I am using Windows 7. This question mentions green filenames, which indicates encrypted file. What does a blue ...
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How would I go about creating a filename with invalid characters such as :?>?

I need to do create a file with a filename such as :>?, is this possible somehow? Windows stops it.
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function to automatically remove special characters from file names during saving in MacOS X

I'm often creating PDF files from web pages in MacOS X (10.6) and very often I have the problem that the automatically proposed file name (based on the name of the web page) contains many special ...
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Removing file with strange characters in filename in OS X

After a memory error in my program, I am stuck with a file with a strange filename. It's proving quite resistant to all normal methods to remove files with strange names. The filename is: ...
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Get bare file names recursively in command prompt

I ran into a little snag trying to get only the filenames (no extensions or file paths) recursively.This worked for me in the root folder: dir /b But when i added /s to scan recursively i also got ...
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How can I create a zip / tgz in Linux such that Windows has proper filenames?

Currently, tar -zcf arch.tgz files/* encodes filenames in UTF, so Windows users see all characters spoiled in filenames which are not english, and can do nothing with it. zip -qq -r arch.zip files/* ...
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Any option to change Windows XP default Copy Here naming from “Copy of {name}.{ext}” to “{name}.{ext}.copy”

Is there an option or tool that will allow me to change the default naming convention for files copied into the same directory in Windows (XP) and above. e.g. from: Copy of {name}.{ext} to: ...
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On Windows, what filename extensions denote an executable?

On Windows, *.exe, *.bat, *.cmd, and *.com all represent programs or shell scripts that can be run, simply by double-clicking them. Are there any other filename extensions that indicate a file is ...
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How to create a file with a “#” character in the name in Unix?

I've tried many commands already for creating a file and deleting a file with a # character, but it does not work. Can anyone tell me the command to create and then delete a file that begins with #?
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How to configure folder name case sensitivity in Windows 7?

I need to create files named abc.txt and ABC.txt. By default, Windows 7 will not allow this. Somebody please help me to solve. NB: nfsadmin is not working in my system.
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How to organize files in accordingly named directories from command line under Linux

I have a directory filled with various files, differently named (i.e. not named with a specific pattern) and with different extensions, and I want to put each file in a newly created subdirectory ...
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Why do I have identical files in one directory, in Windows 7?

I just rebuilt my system after a new Power supply fired my CPU, MBD, Video card & a Blu-Ray drive. During all this I had to restore Windows from a backup (sector copy). All seems well, but ...
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Windows explorer sees different file name from cmd

I just got a new computer, and put my old hard drive (which contained Windows) in the new computer to keep my old files. I was successfully able to remove the Windows directory from this drive, but ...
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Escaping %’s in file-/folder-names at the command-line

Does anybody of a way to access files and directories that have a % in their name (which is valid) from the command-line? Specifically, if there are two %’s and the text between them happens to ...
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Is there any limitation on file names under Unix?

We are using crontab to schedule jobs and it was not picking the files for processing that contain [ or ] or ¿. Is there any limitation on file names or do these characters mean something in UNIX? ...