I have a new Western Digital My Book Live NAS. I am trying to copy files from an old drive to the NAS. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and I've mounted the drive by browsing the network in Nautilus and choosing a shared folder configured on the NAS. The shared folder is then automatically mounted at .gvfs/files on mybooklive.

There are two problems so far:

  1. File names and directory names containing certain characters (e.g. : or |). Attempting to copy these results in the error message:

    cp: cannot stat `/path/to/destination.filename': Invalid argument

  2. Symbolic links. In Nautilus I get the error message: Symlinks not supported by backend

My questions are:

  1. Can I connect to the NAS or configure the NAS so that I can copy my files without this problem? (In case it matters, I don't need Windows compatibility.)
  2. If not, what can I do to identify all the problem files?
  3. Can I do anything to automatically fix my filenames

Please let me know if any of this needs clarification. I'm not too familiar with all of this so I may have left out some useful information.


Given your symptoms, I'm going to assume that you're mounting this NAS volume via SMB instead of NFS. Try using NFS if at all possible.

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