Strip incompatible characters from Windows partitions!
eapache at gmail.com
Fri May 16 00:29:44 UTC 2008
Which package would this be filed against?
On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 8:12 PM, Onno Benschop <onno at itmaze.com.au> wrote:
> On 16/05/08 07:44, Evan wrote:
> > After trying to transfer some files from Ubuntu to Windows today, I
> > discovered a very dangerous problem. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a
> > bug, so I haven't yet reported it, but it could be considered one.
> > Currently, the only characters that Ubuntu does not support in
> > filenames and paths are slashes, while Windows has a considerable list
> > (apostrophes, asterisks, etc).
> > Creating a file on a Windows drive (NTFS or FAT) in Ubuntu and naming
> > it with one of these characters causes Windows to be unable to read
> > the file and anything beneath it in the directory structure. This is
> > extremely dangerous:
> > - renaming files or folders near C:\ on your Windows partition could
> > render it unable to boot
> > - naming a business document on a flash drive could prevent you from
> > opening it that important meeting
> > Ubuntu needs to automatically strip these characters (or prompt for a
> > rename) when creating/moving/renaming files on NTFS and FAT drives. If
> > this gets discovered and released as "Ubuntu causes data corruption on
> > Windows drives" it could be a serious black eye.
> > Evan
> Personally I have not seen this behaviour. Rather than sending a message
> to the list, log a bug report, provide specific examples and version
> numbers. Show screen shots, logs, whatever you need to prove the issue.
> Without those details, your energy in getting excited about this problem
> is not that effective in my opinion.
> Note that I'm *not* saying that this does not exist, nor am I making a
> value statement about the concern, I'm simply stating that the forum for
> this issue is a bug report.
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