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Re: Problem updating on w2k

From: Michael Wood <mwood_at_its.uct.ac.za>
Date: 2002-04-29 13:34:31 CEST

On Sat, Apr 27, 2002 at 11:42:55AM -0500, Barry Pederson wrote:
> Garrett Rooney wrote:
> >well, i can get rid of that file (it'll go away soon anyway,
> >and i could have named it something else if i wanted to. the
> >:: thing is a convention some freebsd ports use when naming
> >patches, but it isn't required), but is there any way we can
> >get around this, or is it just not possible to create a file
> >with that kind of name on win2k?
> Colons seem to be a no-no on Windows boxes, they get treated
> as separators for drive-letters and device-names (c: lpt1:)

Yes, but Windows may also treat :: differently to :.

There was an IIS bug a while ago, where you could get the source
code to ASP scripts by requesting
http://server.example.com/path/script.asp::$DATA instead of

This requests the "stream" called "$DATA" from the file, which
happens to be the contents of the file. I think streams are
something like resource forks (or whatever they're called) on

But anyway, :'s are not allowed in Windows filenames.

Michael Wood <mwood@its.uct.ac.za>
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