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Microsoft KB Archive/102231

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Can't Remove Files with Reserved Names in Windows NT

Article ID: Q102231
Creation Date: 29-JUL-1993
Revision Date: 25-MAR-1997 The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows NT operating system version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 3.5 and 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server version 3.5 and 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0

The policy for creating files in Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server is controlled by the individual application. Therefore, it is possible for an application to create a file with an illegal or reserved name, such as LPT1 or PRN. There is no user interface functionality for removing this kind of file.

RESOLUTION


If the file was created on a file allocation table (FAT) partition, you may be able to delete it under MS-DOS using a command similar to either of the following:

   DEL PR?.*

   -or-

   DEL LPT?.*

These commands will not work on an NTFS partition. Since NTFS supports the POSIX subsystem, and filenames such as PRN are legal under the POSIX subsystem, these files must be allowed by the operating system. However, the operating system assumes that the application that created them can also delete them. These files would be easy to delete (unlink) from a simple, native POSIX application.



Additional query words: prodnt
Keywords : kbother ntfilesys NTSrvWkst
Version : 3.1 3.5 3.51 4.0
Platform : WinNT

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