why we cant create a folder with this name ?

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abudahim

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in windows xp, we cannot create a folder with the name "con" , interesting isn't it ?
but why ?
 
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con is short for console... con and a bunch of others are reserved by DOS
 

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It stuns me that CON, PRN, etc. are still reserved in XP. :)
 
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abudahim said:
hi xgerryxx
seems that the article is not there.
There must be somthing wrong with the site, its there one minute and gone the next.
 

abudahim

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so is it because it is a reserved word in DOS ?
but what that has to do with xp ?
 

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Exactly why I am amazed that it's still a restriction. :D

I did a little test, and you can still use the >CON redirection in a DOS window running XP, so I guess for legacy purposes, those reserved words are still recognized. Who know? :D
 
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Just an FYI - bottom line tells you all reserved non directory names seems like most are redirectors of some kind or another.

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* The 8.3 format means that files can have between 1 and 8 characters in the file name. The name must start with a letter or a number and can contain any characters except the following:
* . " / \ [ ] : ; | = , * ? (space)
* An 8.3 file name typically has a file name extension that is from one to three characters long and has the same character restrictions. A period separates the file name from the file name extension.
* Several special file names are reserved by the system and cannot be used for files or folders:
* CON, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN, NUL
 

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StumpedTechy said:
Just an FYI - bottom line tells you all reserved non directory names seems like most are redirectors of some kind or another.

Note

* The 8.3 format means that files can have between 1 and 8 characters in the file name. The name must start with a letter or a number and can contain any characters except the following:
* . " / \ [ ] : ; | = , * ? (space)
* An 8.3 file name typically has a file name extension that is from one to three characters long and has the same character restrictions. A period separates the file name from the file name extension.
* Several special file names are reserved by the system and cannot be used for files or folders:
* CON, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN, NUL
informative
thankx
 
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