Windows 10: Cannot Rename Folder with a Dot (".")

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  1. AndreTen's Avatar
    Posts : 14,732
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       19 Nov 2017 #11

    NavyLCDR said: View Post

    C:\Users\John>md "Docements.temp.test.folder"
     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is B6BA-9DF7
     Directory of C:\Users\John
    11/18/2017  02:59 PM    <DIR>          .
    11/18/2017  02:59 PM    <DIR>          ..
    11/16/2017  01:55 PM    <DIR>          3D Objects
    11/16/2017  01:55 PM    <DIR>          Contacts
    11/17/2017  03:44 PM    <DIR>          Desktop
    11/18/2017  02:59 PM    <DIR>          Docements.temp.test.folder
    11/16/2017  02:15 PM    <JUNCTION>     Documents [D:\John\Documents]
    11/16/2017  02:16 PM    <JUNCTION>     Downloads [D:\John\Downloads]
    11/17/2017  06:25 PM    <DIR>          Favorites
    11/16/2017  01:58 PM    <DIR>          Links
    11/16/2017  02:23 PM    <JUNCTION>     Music [D:\John\Music]
    11/16/2017  02:23 PM    <JUNCTION>     Pictures [D:\John\Pictures]
    11/16/2017  01:55 PM    <DIR>          Saved Games
    11/16/2017  01:56 PM    <DIR>          Searches
    11/16/2017  02:22 PM    <JUNCTION>     Videos [D:\John\Videos]
                   0 File(s)              0 bytes
                  15 Dir(s)  219,543,801,856 bytes free
    I'm only having issues when the folder name ends with a period with nothing behind it. In fact, nothing will let me create or rename the folder to a name with a period at the end and nothing following it. But periods in the middle don't seem to affect anything at all.
    Exactly. I've tried with 7zip (just before reddice posted his suggestion). But by extraction system renames that folder. to folder_ Have to be done with different operating system
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  2. Barman58's Avatar
    Posts : 2,788
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       19 Nov 2017 #12

    IIRC the ability to use the period in a file/folder name came in when the character limit was raised from the initial 8.3 system to the current 128 Character limit, prior to this the only period allowed was the one that proceeds the file extension which is still an issue as it prevents the use of period as the last character.

    I think this issue is one for a live linux setup, as linux is derived from UNIX which has always treated the Period as a standard Character so renaming to a standard Windows 8.3 setup, (or even a valid windows Long file name), should be a simple task
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  3.    19 Nov 2017 #13

    Install Cygwin. It's emulates Linux on Windows in a completely native fashion. And it's free.

    In Explorer I created files and folders ending with dot. Afterwards Explorer would not let me rename them. That's the problem you're having. It's very real. And very annoying.

    But a command-line shell (bash) with Cygwin had no such problem. Rename folder "x." to "anything-else" by typing:
    mv x. anything-else

    Use Cygwin bash to fix your problem.
    Then use bash to replace CMD entirely.

    CMD is surely the world's worst command-line shell language. MS introduced it in 1981, and it's based on its predecessor from the CP/M operating systems of the early 70s. Totally obsolete. And disgraceful.

    Get bash. You'll never look back.
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