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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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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Change handling of UTF-8 characters in detox

I have the following filename: wzór umowy.pdf. I want to get: wzor_umowy.pdf. However, running detox with default settings on this file gives: wzo_r_umowy.pdf (notice the underscore _ after the ...
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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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Renaming unknown encoding filenames to UTF-8

I have a set of files extracted from a Bandcamp zip file. Their filenames have Spanish characters, such as "ñ" and "í". I am using Arch Linux, bash, and a urxvt terminal. I have already fixed my ...
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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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How to show file names instead of metadata title in VLC?

Metadata from various artists and music websites is a gigantic inconsistent mess and much harder to edit than filenames. To actually know which file is currently playing, I would like to see it in the ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard “Enable NTFS long paths policy” option missing

A similar problem as in Windows 10 occurs in Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. The Enable NTFS long paths policy is neither in Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative ...
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Auto-rename 5,000+ filenames and maintain filename consistency with excel file

I'm sorry I don't know how to word this well. I'm wondering if this is possible. I have a folder of files I have an excel file with a column that contains the filenames. I want to be able to change ...
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What causes invalid characters (\\?\) to appear before a file path?

What causes invalid characters (\\?\) to appear before a file path only in certain folders? Invalid file path: \\?\D:\computerfiles... The files with the invalid path cannot be opened in the ...
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How to search multiple files via part of a file description (more then 225 characters so cannot use OR)

I have 145 codes (6 digits codes) that make up part of my file names i.e 123456 THIS IS MY FILE.docx. I can use the normal search doing 123456 OR 123456 OR 154566 but problem is you can only have ...
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How to merge directories differing only by character case in their names?

Some cloud storage services let one download chosen directories as ZIP archives. But it appears that, on one of such services, the archives contain different-cased versions of the same directory. E.g. ...
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How comes that short filenames (8.3) are created in one partition and not in another of the same disk?

I run a 64-bit Windows 10 PC with a single hard disk with two NTFS partitions, C: and D:. Short filenames (8.3) are created in C: but not in D: How is this possible, and Can I enable short filenames ...
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Greenshot: Windows title not displayed in file name anymore

${title}-${capturetime:d"yyyy-MM-dd HH_mm_ss"}- This is the file name system that I'm using to name files on greenshot. The ${title} promises to name the file with the title of the window being ...
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Bypass file system max file name length

How to bypass file system max file name length? Is there a filesystem, which supports arbitrary length file names? It seems that pretty much all filesystems limit file names length to ~255 characters.
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How to do PDF snipping (image extraction) with filename added to image?

I was doing some literature research and was copying together (extract figure in Adobe PDF) figures from a large number of papers. It is super tedious to keep track from which publication, which ...
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Invalid pipe character in file name

I’m on Windows 7 Pro x64 and I’ve downloaded a file using Firefox and it’s named guerriére | warrior.PNG with a pipe character (|) in file name and I can’t find how to delete or rename it. Running ...
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I have a linux file with a colon in the filename that I cannot open, rename, or delete. How can I remove the colon from this filename?

Like I said, I have a a file with a colon in the filename, but I cannot do anything with it. How can I rename this file, exclude the colon? $ ls -l ls: 'Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project.mp4': No such ...
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Fixing git appended to file names

I had to work on a corrupted git repo recently, and after fixing it, many of my file names have been changed (ie. file.txt -> file (bf800a19).txt; or file.py -> file (418d7abf).py) I'm guessing that ...
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Highlight multiple PDFs in one folder

I need to find every folder with more than one PDF in a folder structure but hide the pesky hidden files such as .HResource files that infiltrate our file system. I only want to filter folders that ...
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How do I customize MS Office temporary filenames?

Microsoft Office applications create temporary files, which have names that include characters that are invalid for OneDrive. Examples include: ~WRL2417.tmp {FCDADB84-DE45-4067-874C-8749212F6D8A}....
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Delete all files with names longer than 100 characters?

A beta software I installed accidentally created a log file with file name longer than 100 characters in each folder. It's taking a very long time to delete them one by one Is it possible to bulk ...
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What file names are not allowed in OneDrive?

I have been having some trouble lately with OneDrive files not syncing properly, and each time it turns out to be some obscure naming restriction. Is there a full list somewhere of what filenames ...
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In the quest for the perfect file naming scheme: spaces, dash and underscores [closed]

I am trying to define a robust file naming scheme to be used across the systems I am using. I work in university labs and I deal with all the three major OS: linux, macos, windows. Therefore I'd like ...
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Is a single dot a valid filename in Windows?

A dot (.) can be part of a file or directory name including the first and last position. On UNIX a single dot in a path refers to the current directory and can thus always be resolved to a directory ...
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Excel 2010 - CELL function not returning Worksheet

All over the INTERNET I found that CELL function returns the full file path, the Drive letter, Workbook and Sheet name in a format of C:\Folder\[workbook.xlsm] sheetname more or less by entering the ...
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How do I use a column content as file name in a formula [duplicate]

How do I use two column content as file name in a formula e.g: in Column A1 I have a text "300" , column B1 have a text "B01.xls". in column C1, I want to get a value from another file with name "...
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Cannot create new files with “:” in their filenames, but I have already 13300 of them that work fine (linux, ntfs partition)

I have a Windows 10 / Manjaro (4.19.32-1-MANJARO) dual boot. All my personal data is stored on an NTFS partition that I use in both systems. I have a project which involves pictures with some colons (...
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Save a file with a dot prefix from within a Windows web browser

Does anyone know how to save a file with a name like '.apirc' from a web browser such as Firefox or Chrome in Windows? The only way I can see to do it is to save the file with the wrong name from the ...
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Rename a file called $MFT [duplicate]

I recovered a different system's $MFT file to my desktop for data recovery analysis, but the software named it "$MFT" - a reserved system name. Windows refuses to show it in a directory listing (even ...
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Problems creating a Batch script to detect files and directories that have dots in their names [closed]

The problem I'm having is that my file names use dots, but no spaces. My folder names use spaces, not dots. For example, I have a file named: C:\Files\One.Two.Three.Four.12.34.5.pdf The ...
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Rename each file an incrementing integer

I have a directory of mp3 files, sorted in order of Date created: newest.mp3 new.mp3 old.mp3 older.mp3 oldest.mp3 I want to rename each file in this directory with a new name including an integer ...
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Renaming a file with mv: “cannot move to a subdirectory of itself”

I'm trying to rename a file using the regular mv command which has worked countless times before. $ ls -l |grep "Picture 001" -rwxrwxrwx 1 rolf rolf 657711 Feb 19 21:42 Picture 001_19.jpg $ mv "...
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how can i use advanced renamer to add modified date to the maximum lenght of the files names?

here is the command that describes what i want to do <Name><max space possible><Year Modified><Month Modified><Day Modified> so the Modified date won't show up unless ...
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debugfs does not stat filename with spaces

I'm using debugfs to stat a filename with spaces. The file exists, but I get this message (same message if I change spaces by \ or write the filename between simple quotes): $ sudo debugfs -R "stat /...
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Why does tilde ('~') go before numeric digits in NTFS file names?

I have a folder structure in which the folder names start with numbers. After a while, some folders (or, rather, the info they contain) become "archived", and I don't want them to visually clutter the ...
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How can I fix broken shift-JIS filenames?

I've got some files with shift-jis filenames in ANSI. e.g. home_03@‚¢ƒgƒ‰ƒ“ƒNŠJ‚¢‚½Aƒtƒ@ƒCƒ‹—L‚è when they should be in shift-jis like home_03@青いトランク開いた、ファイル有り This is because the archive ...
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Is there a way to copy the file path of an asset in Adobe Bridge?

Is there a way to copy the file path of an asset in Adobe Bridge? I am using Adobe Bridge on Microsoft Windows. According to this thread in the Adobe forums: Click the last item in the path bar or ...
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Long names get truncated in DVDs

I've burned a lot of files with big names on a DVD and most of them got truncated. I suppose it's because of the file system used on DVDs. But those names now end in weird capital-letter with numbers ...
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Case-sensitive file names in Windows' Linux subsystem

I'm running Windows 10 and I frequently use the Linux subsystem on Windows. If I use the Linux system to create a folder, the file names in that folder will be case sensitive. This will sometimes ...
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How to set Everything search to ignore punctuation in filenames?

In the past Everything ignored punctuation in filenames and I always admired the program for that — a search king kong would also display folders or files king.kong.1933, king-kong-1976 and ...
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Which characters are invalid for an MS-DOS filename?

I'm writing a filename I/O procedure in x86-16 assembly language. It takes eight characters (I don't need to support long filenames) from the keyboard and prints them to an on-screen text input field. ...
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Batch file that copies file and rename to IP address in the name

I'm not too familiar with batch files. Most commonly I use VBA/PHP, but I would like to have this one a go :). I would like to: Fetch the user's IP address, Copy a file, and rename that file to ...

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