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Subject: RE: new extension for talkbox directory clip: ".dirname.tbx"
From: Aman Singer (
Date: 2004-04-14

        Björn said
        I think using underscore instead is a good solution.

        Though I think this panders to laziness =) I would agree. It's much
easier to use the explorer interface to rename any files that need renaming.
In the CMD window, I have to type the name twice after the ren command. In
the Explorer window, all I have to do is hit home and type the _. Though
suffering builds character... I'd prefer the easy way.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Bj?rn Stenberg
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:22 AM
To: Rockbox development
Subject: Re: new extension for talkbox directory clip: ".dirname.tbx"

[IDC]Dragon wrote:
> I'm missing the insight on what this limitation is.
> What's the Windows problem with the dot at the beginning?

It simply doesn't support it. You can't rename a file ".foo" or "".
It will protest and say "you must type a filename", which in Microsoft-land
means "characters to the left of the first period".

To be fair, I think the limitation is "only" in the Explorer
component/program and not in Windows as a whole. Filenames starting with a
period can be created from the command line, and one created all programs
normally support them. However since Explorer is very central to Microsoft
Windows, for all intents and purposes most Windows users will have problems
manipulating filenames starting with a period.

I think using underscore instead is a good solution.



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