[svlug] copying special files to VFAT

Rafael Skodlar raffi at linwin.com
Mon Nov 12 11:25:02 PST 2001

On Sat, Nov 10, 2001 at 12:29:19PM -0800, J C Lawrence wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Nov 2001 08:48:26 -0800 
> Marc MERLIN <marc_news at valinux.com> wrote:
> > I can write a perl script to study the filenames and rename them
> > before the copy, but I was hoping for something a bit simpler than
> > that, like a mount option for the vfat partition that discards
> > forbidden characters (I looked in the options, but none seemed to
> > do that).


Red Hat Linux release 7.1 (Seawolf)
Kernel 2.4.2-2smp on a 2-processor i686

VMware 3.0 with W2000

In order to use floppy drive under Linux I have to suspend it's connection 
in VMware. That's easy to do.

I did the following test on my system a few moments ago:

[] vi stupid:windows:file:names

[] mcopy stupid\:windows\:file\:names a:
Long file name "stupid:windows:file:names" contains illegal character(s).
a)utorename A)utorename-all r)ename R)ename-all
s)kip S)kip-all q)uit (aArRsSq): a

[] mdir a:
 Volume in drive A has no label
 Volume Serial Number is 2415-16DD
Directory for A:/
STUPID~1            24 11-12-2001  11:05  stupid_windows_file_names-1

I connected floppy drive back to VMware/W2000 and use it's GUI to read the 
floppy drive. The name of the file appears exactly as expected, the way 
man pages for mtools and mcopy describe it:

       *      Illegal characters are replaced by underscores. The
              illegal characters are ;+=[]',\"*\\<>/?:|.

"stupid_windows_file_names-1" is what I see in windog browser.

I do not have VFAT or such partition on my hard drive (why waste space) to
make the same test with it but assume that it would work the same way it
does with the floppy disk.

Life with Linux is almost easy.

> For a slightly similar problem I do the following.
> First script the copy tool ala:
>   mpycp: cp ${2} ${1}`echo ${2} | echo $dir | sed s./.\\\!.g`
> Then:
>   pattern=${1}
>   path=${2}
>   find / -name ${pattern} | xargs -n1 mycp ${path}
> Not great, but works.  You could also just use ZOO archives instead.
> -- 
> J C Lawrence
> ---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
> claw at kanga.nu               He lived as a devil, eh?
> http://www.kanga.nu/~claw/  Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live.

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