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Re: [Monotone-devel] bug report: windows monotone can't check out files

From: Thomas Keller
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] bug report: windows monotone can't check out files with parentheses in the name
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 23:46:17 +0100
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Jack Lloyd schrieb:
Are you sure it is the parenthesis that is the problem? I had thought
that the : character was not allowed in a Windows filename, since it
is the seperator between volume name and path. (This seems to be what
is said in this MS KB article, as well -

I think its the colon as well. How should monotone handle such platform-specific things in the future? I can think of some:

a) prevent adding/renaming files to names with "forbidden" characters
b) serve forbidden characters as placeholders (i.e. ':' is converted to '_' aso.) - however especially for source code control this behavior is not appropriate. c) at least bail out with some nicer error message (and not with "almost certainly a bug in monotone"), like "The file xyz couldn't be checked out on your system because it contains characters in its name which are invalid on this platform. Consider renaming the file first." or something like that.


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