Will Renaming files from say "dot myfile" to ".myfile" cause the filesystem or some other part of Windows to somehow freak out in any sort of way.

I have around 3 oe 4 files so far like this, and I use the rename command to accomplish this.

I wouldn't want to lose my data, and I have seen the NTFS filesystem and do some wacky and strange things before, some of it was interesting, and some of it was painfully annoying.

I have around 6 files (but more to com) which have filesnames such as "dot net passport wizard.bmp", however I want it to be called the real thing, which is ".net passport wizard.bmp" (this refers to Microsoft .net Framework).

  • Possible duplicate of Create/rename a file/folder that begins with a dot in Windows? – Burgi Mar 1 '16 at 11:54
  • I disagree with the duplicate suggestion. That question is about how to create a file with such a name; this is about whether there are any gotchas in doing so. (This might still be a duplicate of something, but that particular question isn't it.) – user Mar 1 '16 at 12:45

Dotfiles aren't a problem for the NTFS filesystem.

However, personally, I wouldn't use a filename starting with . just to spell ".net". Among tools that recognise them (unix and cross-platform tools), dotfiles are hidden files used for customization, so they may be hidden by default in file managers, etc.

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