Questions tagged [filenames]

A filename (also written as two words, file name) is a name used to uniquely identify a computer file stored in a file system. Filenames are a human-friendly label for the references or pointers that operating systems use to identify files within a file system.

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WeChat backup on PC - what is it's file name?

What is the file name of WeChat backup on PC, or what is its extension? I have looked at all my folders but could not find a backup I just performed 5 minutes ago.
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Is it possible to compile & install perl from source without the configuration script prepending a version to the final produced binary names?

Okay, so I'm trying to compile & install Perl from source. One issue though, when I run make install to finally install it the binary directory it outputs looks something like this: perl5.35.12 ...
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search on Windows 11 [duplicate]

am using windows 11 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search tool ...
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Separate text files for over 15,000 photo files, with the same name as each photo

My problem is that I have over 10.000 photo files on my laptop and wanna transfer them into the cloud to make space (and a faster laptop). But after doing that, my search engine "Everything" ...
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rclone not replacing invalid characters when syncing to SD card

I'm using rclone to sync stuff to both Google Drive and my phone's SD card formatted as vFAT. I've created the test file named a*b?c: containing special characters that are in my music library. ...
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Which Unicode characters cannot be used for NTFS file names?

Typically, my programs are creating files with Extended Latin, CJK or Arabic characters in file names without issues and according to input data. I was under impression that only officially named ...
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Downloading a PDF from email: "/" gets replaced

First of all, this is my first time using super user. I'm pretty sure that SO isn't the right place to ask this, and this isn't limited to just Mac, as it's with email, so I decided to ask here. If ...
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WIndows 10 file name too long

A third party app created a file name (a pdf) that is too long. Main Plaza on Twitter_ _We are excited to get things off to a great start this year! Check out this week's schedule for San Antonio _ ...
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MobaXterm - Why is my LOG filename shows "localhost" instead of my hostname when establishing an SSH session?

I'm quite new with MobaXterm. For each SSH session that I open to a given host, I want to log the terminal output to an individual file whose filename includes the given hostname + timestamp. I have ...
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Powershell: Using .Split on Filename functioning differently based on filename capitalization

I have a bunch of image files that accidentally got renamed with a "doubled" file extension (e.g. IMG_1469.jpg.jpg). I wrote a script to remove the extra file extension, but for some reason, ...
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Audit Request for Complete List of Recognized Filename Extensions in FFMPEG FFPROBE FFPLAY

I understand FFMPEG has a list of supported codecs and some users will be tempted to dismissively handwave my request by telling me to do my own research on codecs. Those responses will be treated ...
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Special characters don't appear correctly in saved filenames

When I save a file using Windows Explorer such as Smith & Jones - 5yr Fix - 1.98% it saves absolutely fine but when I then copy that file to an email or open it in Word/Excel/PDF etc it changes to ...
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Windows Explorer filename sort order: why ×a before 'a?

Have a look at this filename sort order in Windows 10 Explorer: The character ' is mostly sorted before ×. But why is it the other way around for 'a vs. ×a?
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Is there a good alternative to apostrophe s in file name?

If an one file named zelda's_sword.jpg is here, is there a good character or convention to replace 's? I know that sword_of_zelda.jpg will be good alternative but I don't want for several reasons.
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How do I access a file on Windows with an invalid filename?

I recovered a file using Recuva from (I believe) a FAT32 file system to an NTFS file system with Windows 10 installed. The file had a space in its name: The Grilling . In Windows, I know that ...
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What Could Explain This Odd "Automatic Save" Behavior of Notepad?

I have recently encountered this very odd behavior using the basic Notepad of Windows 10, and I can't figure out what could explain it. I'm using the MT Power Drumkit 2 plugin for the LMMS music ...
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HOW to Copy multiple image To ART folder but image name like name file .00

Need Help to Make Batch file : Copy multiple image To ART folder BUT image name like name file Extension .00
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Why would a file or folder have no creation or modification dates?

This is something I've tried Google-ing, but aren't sure of. I've got an app on my Mac, A Better Finder Attributes 6, which is for changing date and time of files and folders. In it, there's an option ...
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PDF-Pages To PNG And Back To PDF In A Hotfolder Via Script

For security-reasons I want to decompose PDF-files and put them back together (like printing them and scanning them back in). I want to offer this for my users, so I would like to script a kind of ...
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Batch copy file with current date in file name

How to copy files from one directory to another, whose names contain current date, and so the names change daily. Example: File name: Test_14042021.txt Date today: 14/04/2021 // DDMMYYYY I tried this,...
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How can I modify path coming from {} in `find -exec`?

I've been reading quite a few posts howto find files and copy those. What I want to achieve. Copy all *.jpg files from every directory to one directory. To avoid overwriting my intention is to add or ...
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Remove all "-min" endings from a batch of jpg or png files

Using the CMD (or some other way) on windows, how can I quickly rename all files [FILE_NAME]-min.png to FILE_NAME.png? I know a command like forfiles /m \*-min /c "cmd /c rename @file @fname.png&...
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How bypass long path names during copy from hard drive to external hard drive

I have a big problem during copy files from my hard drive to external hard drive. During copy i saw 10-40 errors related to long path names and i skipped all of them. Unfortunately windows 7 do n't ...
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The maximum length of the path of a file: 259 or 258 characters?

I try to understand what is the maximum valid length of the path a file. For this, I use the default Windows file manager, on Windows 7, and the following PowerShell script: Get-ChildItem | Select ...
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What is this for a file name encoding and how to fix it?

On my Linux machine I found old files (at least from 2004 if not older), so possibly Win9x days. Maybe they came over some old FAT drive on my disk or some old Samba share. Umlaute are very weirdly ...
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How do you create your own filename extension that works on Windows 10?

I created a .pdf file that I called dhwd7486.pdf, because I want to create something great (this is included), I renamed the file extension into .unused (cuz I use it occasionally), but I thought it ...
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Rename a file with special characters and symbols? [duplicate]

I have read carefully the answers on this post. None of them helps me. I have accidentally download a file with non-ASCII characters into my Windows desktop as shown. I cannot move it or rename the ...
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“ls” found a file, “cp” cannot find it (cannot stat)

I have a file called guess.cpp.  I confirmed its existence with ls, but when I try to copy it, I get a “No such file or directory” error message: ~$ ls ~cs252/Assignments/guess guess.cpp yesno.cpp ...
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What are longest extension names functioning in actual programs? [duplicate]

I'm writing piece of code detecting file extensions and I was getting quite a lot of garbage like . Jones - Some Document Title just because file name was starting with Dr. Jones. So I decided to put ...
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How to restore a time machine backup of a volume whose name contains a slash

I am trying to restore a volume from a time machine backup on a different machine using tmutil on a Mac. Unfortunately, the volume I am trying to restore was named "/#defaults". File names ...
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How to rename a file with a : on a MacBook?

I'm accessing a Windows HDD from my MacBook (local network). The HDD has a file with a : in it, which is not a valid character on both Windows and Mac. I wanted to rename the file from my Mac since it ...
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Cannot delete temporary file with extremely long name

I ran BleachBit for Linux on an external hard drive with the wipe-free-space function (empty space is overwritten with zeros) and for some reason the program crashed mid-course. It left over a ...
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Windows alphabetical file sorting: is there a way to ignore extensions?

(This is a follow-up to Windows alphabetical file sorting: why do spaces have special treatment?) For years I have been confused by the Windows file sorting order; as an example, the pdf file named &...
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Cross-compatibility for filenames on Mac OSX/Windows?

If I was to share images and wanted to make them work on both Mac OS X/Catalina and Windows, would this practise be good: My_Holiday_Italy_August_2014_0001.jpg My Holiday Italy August 2014 0001.jpg My-...
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How can I fix a file name in a System Error message not displaying properly?

I'm getting an error message when I try to launch a program saying I don't have a specific .dll file, but the name of the file itself is displayed as gibberish. It's not the first time something like ...
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Retaining the original filename for online image search without having own website

Let's say I search online with Google for jpeg images and find that a filename such as ABDCEFG1234567.jpg does not appear in the results. I conclude it is unique. I now wish to save an image file with ...
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What is the maximum length of a filename (APFS)?

Last weekend I saved a file with a quite long name (some 40 - 50 characters). This got me wondering what the maximum length is of a file name on Mac? This would (presumably) also include the extension ...
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Haunted subdirectory -- can't open files in it unless I move them

I have some subdirectories from which perfectly good files cannot be opened, unless I move them out of the directory into another directory. And, if I then move them back into the original (bad? ...
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How does the "/n" switch of the "copy" command actually work on Windows Command Prompt?

How does the "/n" switch of the "copy" command actually work on Windows Command Prompt? It seems to say that it copies the 8.3 filename instead of the long filename. I tried it, but after copying, ...
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Using MV to rename image files using a script

I am trying to rename a set of Tiff images 001, 001 x, 002 , 002 x sequentially. I am looking for the script to name image 001, 002, 003 and so on This is the script I am running. num=1 # Rename ...
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Bulk File Name Replace

I have nearly 4,000 image files that I need to rename. They all contain one type of unique ID number (let's call it ID1) along with some other words, and I need to rename them to a different type of ...
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Using a Windows XP Batch script read in a list of filenames and then parse filename to create new filenames

I have a very old Window XP program that I want to automate a little. It takes three parameters: ITF.EXE <control-file> <input-file> <output-file> and it only accepts 8.3 ...
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Do filenames add to the filesize?

For example, let say a Unicode character would take up 1 byte. So we have a text file that is named foo. The contents is foo bar Remember to include the return carriage (It is a control character I ...
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What happens if you connect a memory stick with invalid file names to Windows?

Windows has some forbidden filenames such as "con", and filenames with backslashes ("\") are also not allowed (as the backslash is used to separate folders in paths) nor can the same folder have a ...
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How to transfer files between Windows and Linux via a cloud drive without messing up the names?

Because Windows and Linux use different encodings (I think CP-1252 and UTF-8 respectively), when I upload a file in a non-ASCII language to a cloud drive from one OS then download it in the other, the ...
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strip android filenames of illegal characters when copying to windows

On my Android phone since years I use an app called 'Fastnote' for notetaking. The notes are automatically saved with a filename that corresponds to the first line of the file. Such automatic saving ...
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How to record keyboard macro?

I have a task to rename a lot of photos that had naming corruption and I have to rename each photo a lone which is a lot of work. I thought why won't there be a solution to record all the process of ...
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powershell move masterfolder items to destinationfolder matching filename

i have a masterfolder with 1000 files, they are reviewed. I have the same older files in a destination folder spreaded out in 100's of subfolders. I need to move the files from the masterfolder to ...
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Windows 10 Long File Names

I built a new computer from ebay scraps after my laptop died. I began transferring files from my old hard drive (Windows XP to Windows 10) and ran into an issue where I could not either move or delete ...
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Windows alphabetical file sorting: why do spaces have special treatment?

I've noticed that in Windows, when you sort files alphabetically, there's a strange thing that happens when you have file names that extend one another with spaces. For example, say you have two files,...
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