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14117Deleting a file with an odd name

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  • John
    Aug 13 11:22 PM
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      Recently, someone mentioned that they had a file
      of zero size they couldn't delete.

      I've just had a similar case (wonder if it came in
      the email ;)). The name began with an A,
      continued with the name of another, genuine, file
      or folder, but with a space between each of the
      letters.

      Those spaces were in fact binary zeroes not space
      characters (code 00 not 020h or 32d) - which makes
      the filename completely illegal and unuseable.

      Norton's equivalent of scandisk dealt with it by
      replacing the zeroes with $s, which turned it into
      a normal filename, deletable by normal means.
      John