Monday, October 24, 2005

Why can't we create a folder by name "CON", "prn" etc., in Windows?

Many a times in the last couple of months I got mails or rather spams :) saying we can't create folder in the name of "CON", "PRN" etc., Instead of responding to them individually (that is what I was doing all this while) I have created this blog post.

Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/fileio/fs/naming_a_file.asp to understand what are all the reserved words using which you can't create folders in Windows.

That said, go to dos prompt and try out md\\.\c:\con ... to your surprise a folder by name "con" would have been created in your c drive!!

1 comment:

Gov said...

That was informative!