Incompatible Characters

Don't name your files or folders with the following characters:

/ (forward slash)

\ (backslash)

When naming your files, avoid characters incompatible with the Windows file system:

'<' (less than)
'>' (greater than)
':' (colon)
'"' (double quote)
'|' (vertical bar or pipe)
'?' (question mark)
'*' (asterisk)

Files or folders that begin with a period will meta-sync properly but Mac, Linux, Windows operating systems may regard them as system files and hide them automatically. You may not be able to see them without modifying advanced settings on your PC.

Also please be aware of other character issues that are not immediately obvious but can cause conflicts or issues such as trailing spaces in directory names for example.

Some files may be ignored such as temporary files, and also there may be files particular to an operating system, such as Mac ds_store files that are ignored and do not get meta-synchronized.

Windows only allows file and folder names of 260 characters or less. Also please note that Windows counts the file path as part of the name. If the entire file path and name exceed 260 characters, shorten the name or restructure the folder hierarchy.

Linux operating systems enable users to have two files or folders with the same name but different capitalization. By default, Mac and Windows do not differentiate file or folder names by case. If the File Fabric comes across files/folders with the same name but different case, it may show the first it comes across from an internal ID perspective. To enable full interoperability one of the files/folders should be renamed.

When applications such as Microsoft Word / Excel / PowerPoint open a file, they may save a temporary file in the same directory which can be named as follows:

  • Name begins with ~$ (a tilde and dollar sign) or .~ (a period and tilde)
  • Name begins with a tilde and ends in .tmp, such as ~filename.tmp
  • The File Fabric does not meta-sync such temporary files.
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