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You cant make a folder with this name

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Raffaz, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Has anyone seen this before? If you try and make a folder and call it "CON" without the quotes, it wont let you.:)
     
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  2. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

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    Very strange, I'm sure someones going to come up with the answer.
     
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    I tried it and confirm, it'll kick the name back to New Folder. I say we should write to billy boy and ask :D
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Um i don't think you can create folders with names that relate to system type info such as lpt1 lpt2 etc and con used to be an old DOS command to output information to the screen otherwise known as the console.
     
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  5. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

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    I thoght it may be something to do with dos but you can name a file XCOPY etc..
     
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  6. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    That's true unless you have a symbol in the name such as

    _con or c_o_n:biggrin
     
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  7. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Other folder names that you can't use

    con (you know that already), nul & prn

    If you want to create a folder called con, you can via the CLI, here's ther command:

    mkdir \\.\c:\con

    to remove the directory, here's the command:

    rmdir \\.\\c:\con

    I believe you can't use these names as they are used for batch entry.

    -Ken
     
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  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    This goes back to ancient MSDOS. Certain names were 'pre-allocated' at every directory level - those names were basicaly I/O names - CON, LPT, COMx etc.

    At one time there was a switch to allow those names to exist as long as they weren't in the root dorectory - no idea if this is still true or not.

    Harry.
     
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  9. Crito

    Crito Banned

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    I still use the command
    Code:
    mode con lines=50
    fairly frequently.
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    I can't belive 9 replys and I'm the first one to ask. Just what in the world are you doing raff that you need a folder named Con? Hmmmm?

    I bet it something kinky and has to do with kebabs! :twisted: :ohmy :biggrin
     
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  11. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Nah he'd call his folder "Chocolate Ostrich" :twisted::biggrin
     
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