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Can't name a folder aux

  1. Dec 30, 2005 #1


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    Can't name a folder "aux"

    I have windows 2003 server and whenever i attempt to name a folder "aux" it just switches back to the previous name not allowing me to have a folder named "aux". "aux2" is allowed. I thought this was curious.
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  3. Dec 30, 2005 #2


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    It must be some type of reserved word. Why the restriction? I have no idea, but it seems like Microsoft has hacked up their filesystem to be backwards compatibilty or something.

    You also can't use: CON, COM1, NUL, PRN

    In *nix all these devices would be under /dev so you don't have the filename restriction. You just can't create two files with the same in in the same folder.

    I found the info here:

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