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Thread: Win98 file naming
2001-02-15, 15:10 #13 Mad PonchosGuest
Win98 file naming
Hi folks! I've an odd problem and I don't know where to turn.
I have a CD-ROM containing mostly HTML and JPEG files. Many use 8+3 file naming, but just as many take advantage of extended filenames, N+3. This CD works just fine on any Windows OS, but UNIX and Mac systems seem to be upset with the N+3 filenames in the HTML coding (they work just fine with the 8+3 names).
Since neither UNIX nor Mac are slaves to the 8+3 system, this problem has caught me totally off-guard. I've got a theory though. Is it possible that Windows is actually still naming the files with 8+3 for OS purposes, but provides me with extended filenames for my own benefit? So, if a non-Windows computer looks at the files, they actually ARE 8+3 filenames?
So what I see is: filenumberone.htm
What the computer sees is: filenu~1.htm
A Windows computer knows that the two are the same. A non-Windows computer just sees the short version, and therefore a link to filenumberone.htm won't go anywhere because it doesn't know the extended filenames.
Therefore, if you want a link to a file to work across multiple platforms, and you created the file on a Windows machine, then you'd best give it an 8+3 name, so that WYSIWYG.
Have I got that right? Or did I just pull all this out of the ether and my problem lies elsewhere?
2001-02-15, 23:57 #2
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Re: Win98 file naming
That's it exactly! Windows OS's dictate filenames as xxxxx~1.xxx. If you re-start your computer in MSDOS 6.6 mode, you can see that all extended file names are labelled in this manner.
It seems your best bet is to rename your files/sources, and batch re-name the code. Most good editors give you Find/Replace capability.
As to the innards of this backwards process, you can checkout here.
Hope this helps!
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2001-02-16, 13:51 #33 Mad PonchosGuest
Re: Win98 file naming
As it happens, I have to do some reprogramming to solve another bug anyway, so it's no big deal to clean this up while I'm in there. I'm just glad I found the problem BEFORE I started reprogramming! Thanks for your help, and the links. With this solved, I should have a genuine cross-platform CD.